Truvada for PrEP is a pill taken once per day that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV through sex, as long as it is used correctly. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which means that it helps you protect yourself before you come in contact with HIV. Truvada is only for people who are HIV negative and should be taken every day, not just when you plan to have sex.
How Does Truvada Work?
Truvada must be taken one time per day each day, with or without food.
Truvada should always be used in addition to safer sex practices, such as using latex condoms, talking to your partners about their status, and getting tested regularly for HIV as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Where Is Truvada Available?
Truvada is safe and widely available at pharmacies with a doctor's prescription.
Truvada is also available online through Nurx™. After filling out a quick health survey and taking an at-home lab test our healthcare providers will determine if Truvada is right for you. We can fill your prescription and have it shipped right to your door.
What Precautions Should I Take With Truvada?
HIV tests can miss an HIV infection if the person has recently been infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, joint or muscle aches, tiredness, or vomiting, either within the last month or any time while you're taking Truvada, let your healthcare provider know.
What Are Some Side Effects of Truvada?
There are some more common side effects associated with Truvada. These include weight loss, headache, and abdominal pain. Fortunately, however, these side effects subside after a week or two.
There are some potential serious side effects of Truvada. These include kidney problems, liver problems, and bone problems. Truvada can also lead to a rare but serious medical condition called lactic acidosis, or too much lactic acid in your blood, so tell your doctor right away if you experience symptoms such as unusual muscle pain, cold or blue hands or feet, a fast or abnormal heartbeat, or stomach pain with vomiting and nausea.
Does Truvada Cause Weight Gain?
It is commonly believed that Truvada can cause weight gain, but it turns out that's a myth. Studies show that Truvada does not have any substantial effects on body fat.
Who Can Take Truvada?
Truvada is approved for people who do not have HIV and are looking to stay HIV negative.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Truvada?
You must be negative for HIV before you begin taking Truvada for PrEP. You should not take Truvada if you are HIV positive or don't know your status. We at Nurx offer at-home testing. Get tested for HIV before taking Truvada, and every three months while you are taking it. Let your healthcare provider know if you think you may have been exposed to HIV.
Truvada is a daily pill. Missing a dose could increase your risk of getting an HIV infection, so make sure to take it each day as directed by your doctor.
Even when you are taking Truvada, you should observe safer sex practices, such as knowing your HIV status and the status of your partners, talking about your status with your partners, using latex or polyurethane condoms, and getting tested for other STIs.
How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.