To take Truvada or Descovy for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), you must test negative for HIV. PrEP is not a treatment option for HIV, but rather is a prevention method for the virus. You can use this once-daily pill to reduce the risk of contracting HIV, especially if you are potentially at a higher risk of becoming infected. Some of the increased risk factors for contracting HIV include having sex with HIV-positive partner(s), and unsafe sex practices. When used consistently and correctly, PrEP can drastically reduce the risk of becoming HIV positive.
If you do not have HIV but are at risk of contracting it, PrEP can help you remain HIV-negative. When used correctly, it is 99% effective at preventing sexually-transmitted HIV. Combining the use of PrEP with condoms and other safe sex habits can further reduce your risk.
If you have questions about PrEP and whether it’s a good option for you, talk to one of our health care providers at Nurx™. You’ll answer a few questions about your health history and undergo several lab tests. If we determine PrEP is a good option, we can make it easier and more convenient to get the medication used to prevent HIV, helping you to maintain your HIV-negative status.