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HIV Prevention

For those looking to stay HIV negative, there are several ways you can prevent an infection. Using condoms is always recommended, but we also encourage you to get regular testing, communicate with your partners about when they were last tested or had a potential exposure, limit sexual activities to oral sex if you’re unsure about someone’s status, don’t share syringes for injection drug use, and use a medication called PrEP

Where Can I Buy Truvada?

You can buy Truvada for PrEP online at Nurx™, from your local pharmacy, or a healthcare clinic. Truvada is only available by prescription and is a medication used to help reduce your risk of contracting HIV. It is highly effective when taken every day, along with other safer sex…

How Does the Gilead Patient Assistance Program (Advancing Access) Work?

The Gilead patient assistance program, also referred to as Advancing Access, is a program that can help you to better afford your PrEP prescription. If you don’t have health insurance, or your health insurance provider does not provide prescription coverage for PrEP, you may qualify to receive…

Who Makes Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP (HIV Prevention) is a product of Gilead Sciences Inc. In addition to Truvada, Gilead manufactures the following HIV medications: Atripla Biktarvy Complera Descovy Emtriva Genvoya Odefsey Stribild Tybost Viread Gilead Sciences also works in the fields of liver disease, hematology, oncology, cardiovascular, inflammation, respiratory,…

How Much Does Truvada Cost with Insurance?

Based on your insurance carrier and medication tier, the cost of Truvada will vary. Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada for PrEP, offers the Gilead Copay Card to reduce the cost of PrEP to $0 per prescription for commercially insured patients. Gilead Copay Card According to the Gilead…

How Do I Get Truvada For Free?

Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Truvada, offers two programs to reduce the cost of medications: Gilead Advancing Access and the Medication Assistance Program. Gilead Advancing Access: Patients covered by commercial insurance (employer and HealthCare Marketplace policies) can apply for a coupon card. The card, if approved, covers a maximum of $7,200 in…

How Do I Get PrEP?

Healthcare providers prescribe PrEP to at-risk men and women who have tested negative for HIV. Patients determined eligible for PrEP can fill their prescriptions at local pharmacies or order them online for home delivery after visiting their provider in person. Every three months, your healthcare provider will schedule or send…

How Do You Get PrEP For Free?

PrEP is available with $0 copay for some commercially insured patients. Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that makes PrEP, offers a coupon program that provides up to $7,200 per year to help pay for Gilead-manufactured medications, including PrEP. Government-based insurances such as Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and Tricare…

What is Truvada Used For?

Truvada, the name brand for PrEP, is a pre-exposure prophylactic medication designed to lower your risk of getting HIV. It works along with condom use and safe sexual behaviors to provide you with additional protection against sexually transmitted HIV. It does not protect against getting…

What is Truvada?

Truvada is the brand name of PrEP, a daily pill that’s up to 99% effective at preventing at-risk individuals from contracting HIV when used correctly. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis — in other words, protection before being exposed to the virus. The medication contains a combination of emtricitabine (200 mg)…

What Are the Side Effects of PrEP?

Most people who take PrEP have no major side effects. In some cases, users experience minor side effects such as weight loss, abdominal pain, or headaches, most of which go away quickly. Serious side effects associated with PrEP are very rare. Minor Side Effects Most people have few to no…

How Much Does Truvada Cost?

Truvada costs around $2,000 for a one-month supply. Most insurance companies cover all or part of the treatment. Uninsured patients have several payment assistance programs available but might have to pay  for lab testing. At Nurx™, most patients can get Truvada for free. What is Truvada?…

What Are the Side Effects of Truvada?

The side effects commonly associated with Truvada include headache, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Most people taking Truvada for PrEP report few to no side effects, and most symptoms go away relatively quickly. What is Truvada? Truvada for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can help…

What Activities Are High and Low Risk for HIV?

High-risk activities for HIV include having sex and sharing syringes. Low-risk activities include using condoms, practicing safer sexual behaviors, and taking medications to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. High-Risk Activities for HIV The most common high-risk behavior for HIV transmission is having unprotected sex with someone who is HIV-positive.

What Role Do CD4 T-Cells Play in HIV Infection?

HIV destroys CD4 T-cells, which are white blood cells that help the body fight off infection. The more CD4 T-cells the virus kills, the weaker an HIV-positive person’s immune system grows. Medical providers make an AIDS diagnosis when the number of CD4 T-cells in an individual’s blood (also known as…

What Are CD4 T-Cells?

CD4 T-cells are white blood cells that fight off infections. HIV thrives off of attacking these cells. However, HIV treatments might help maintain the body’s T-cell count and keep a person healthy. How CD4 T-Cells Work CD4 T-cells (also known as CD4 T lymphocytes) help keep you healthy by attacking…

Can HIV Be Transmitted to Newborns?

It is possible, though very rare in the United States, for a mother to transmit HIV to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. But luckily, there are ways pregnant women with HIV can protect their babies from the virus. As long as they take a few…

Can I Get HIV From Kissing?

No, it is not possible to get HIV from kissing. HIV is only spread when the following bodily fluids come into direct contact with your bloodstream or mucous membranes: Breast milk. Vaginal fluids. Rectal fluids. Pre-seminal fluids. Semen. Blood. In the past, people thought it was possible to…

What Are the Benefits of Detecting HIV Early?

The main advantage of early detection of HIV is stopping the progression of the disease. If you find out you have HIV, you can start on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) right away and with early treatment, you can stay healthy and live a long and quality life. While ART is not…

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