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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

What is the difference between PrEP and PEP?

If PrEP is like birth control, then PEP is like emergency contraception. PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication regimen someone who is currently HIV-negative can take to reduce their risk of becoming infected after they have been exposed to HIV. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible…

How effective is PrEP?

Truvada® and Descovy for PrEP are highly effective at preventing HIV when taken as prescribed. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV through sexual activity by up to 99% and by more than 70% among people who inject drugs.

How will my PrEP order arrive?

Your PrEP order will be delivered via FedEx 2-Day Priority Shipping, with signature required. Often orders are delivered during business hours, so please let our customer care team know if you need to waive the signature requirement or have your order shipped to a different address. The package arrives in…

How does PrEP work?

Truvada® and Descovy for PrEP work by blocking an enzyme called HIV reverse transcriptase. By blocking this enzyme, it prevents HIV from making more copies of itself in the body. You will remain HIV negative if the virus can’t make enough copies of itself in your system.

How long do I need to take PrEP?

You can take Truvada® or Descovy for PrEP as long as you are at risk for contracting HIV. For some people this can mean for the duration of a relationship, and for others this can mean for a lifetime. PrEP is something that you can start and stop at any…

Is PrEP right for me?

The CDC suggests that PrEP is an excellent option for people who are: weigh at least 77 pounds (35kg), are currently HIV-negative, and meet one or more of the following criteria: In a sexual relationship with someone who is living with HIV, especially when they are not undetectable In a…

What lab work do I need to do in order to get PrEP?

Before you can start Truvada® or Descovy for PrEP, you will need to complete lab work. After you get started on PrEP, you will only need to get your labs done every 3 months. We know getting labs done isn’t the most enjoyable process, but it’s important to know your…

How quickly does PrEP start working?

When taken daily, PrEP is safe and highly effective in preventing HIV. PrEP reaches maximum effectiveness for receptive anal sex (bottoming) after about 7 days. For all other activities, including insertive anal sex (being the top) and vaginal sex, PrEP reaches maximum effectiveness after about 21 days.

Are home testing kits my only option to get PrEP?

For patients who live outside of New York, the home testing kit is currently our preferred lab testing option. Nurx is committed to providing privacy, convenience, and access to our PrEP patients. We made the decision to shift our lab process to at-home testing in order to do this on…

How much do PrEP lab tests cost through Nurx?

Before you begin PrEP you’re required to get lab tests to confirm that you are HIV negative and have healthy kidneys. You’ll re-do these tests every three months after beginning PrEP. Our preferred testing option is at-home tests through our home testing partner, Molecular Testing Labs (MTL). We’ll…

How do the Nurx PrEP Home Test Kits work?

Once you submit your request and one of our amazing medical providers reviews your health questionnaire, a home test kit is automatically sent to you. You just collect all of your samples, mail it back to us, and we’ll have your test results in just a few days! Here’s how…

Do alcohol or drugs interact with PrEP?

PrEP should not interact with alcohol or drugs. However, one study found that PrEP may not be as effective for those who use injection drugs.

May I have a tracking number for my Nurx PrEP home testing kit?

Yes, you will receive a tracking link via the Nurx platform within 24 hours of our medical team ordering your testing kit. All orders are sent via USPS Priority shipping and should arrive within 1 to 3 business days.

Is PrEP safe to use during pregnancy?

Truvada® for PrEP has been used to help women with HIV-positive partners stay negative prior to and throughout their pregnancies since 2004. Additionally, Descovy for PrEP is safe to take during pregnancy. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

What if my samples for the Nurx PrEP home testing kit are insufficient when they arrive to be processed?

Thank you for sending us your completed home testing kit. Unfortunately, when samples are insufficient, you will need to complete another home testing kit. An insufficient sample usually means that the circles of blood were not completely filled on your blood card, there wasn’t enough urine, or that the swabs…

Does PreP protect against STIs?

PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, or syphilis. This is why we still recommend condoms and getting tested regularly.

When can I expect my results from the Nurx PrEP home test kit?

Once you mail back your samples, you can expect a medical provider will review and share your results within 3 to 5 business days. Please let us know if you have not heard from our medical team and we will be sure to check on the status of your results.

Can I get my PrEP lab tests done in person at a lab near me?

Yes. If you’d prefer not to do home testing you are welcome to have your labs done at a local lab like LabCorp or Quest. Once you have submitted your request for PrEP, simply message us and tell us that you would like lab testing at LabCorp or Quest. Pricing…

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