Back to blog

PrEP Uses & Best Practices

How Do I Take Descovy?

Descovy® is a daily pill for PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). You should take one dose every day. How Often Do I Take Descovy? Take one Descovy tablet at the same time every day, whether or not you think you’ve been exposed to HIV. You can take the pill with or without…

What is Descovy?

Descovy is taken orally every day with or without food for the prevention of HIV. More commonly known as pre-exposure prophylactic, or PrEP, Descovy is a once-daily prescription medication. After Truvada, Descovy is only the second drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of HIV.

Can I Take a HIV Test While on PrEP?

Yes, patients using PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) should be tested every three months for HIV. What Is PrEP? PrEP is a once-daily pill that is over 99% effective at preventing HIV. This medication helps prevent those who are at a higher risk of contracting HIV from becoming infected.  PrEP…

Can You Take PrEP If You Are HIV Positive?

No. PrEP is a once-daily pill that is designed to reduce the risk of HIV before you are exposed to it. It does not treat HIV and should not be used if you have already tested positive for HIV. However, if you have been exposed to HIV in…

Can I Get HIV From Someone Taking PrEP?

You can’t get HIV from someone taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) because this treatment is preventive and is not prescribed to people who already have HIV. Those taking the medication are doing so as a way to lessen the risk of contracting HIV, as PrEP can reduce the risk…

Can I Still Get HIV If I’m on PrEP?

When PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is used correctly, the effective rate of preventing HIV through sexual transmission is 99%. This preventive treatment option involves taking Truvada or Descovy, a once-daily pill to reduce your risk of contracting HIV. It is meant for people who are HIV-negative but have…

How Do I Take Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP needs to be taken daily to be effective at preventing the contraction of the HIV virus. Though taking PrEP in demand when needed can also be a reliable method. Before you obtain your prescription, you will need to know your HIV status, as…

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 if I miss a dose of PrEP?

If you miss a dose or skip a day, it’s ok! Take your pill as soon as you remember and continue with your daily schedule. Do not double dose, as you may feel nauseous or sick. Missing one dose won’t greatly affect your level of protection against HIV. However, if…

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.

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.

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.

Back to top