Here is what taking TRUVADA
for PrEP involves.
You need to take TRUVADA for PrEP every day. You need to keep using safer sex practices, including condoms, whenever you have any kind of sex. You also need to get tested for HIV-1 infection at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. And you should also talk to your healthcare provider so that you know what to do in case you miss a dose, run low, take too much, or want to stop.
Take TRUVADA for PrEP every day.
Taking TRUVADA for PrEP daily helps keep you from getting HIV-1 infection. Take TRUVADA for PrEP every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. Two clinical studies have shown a strong link between taking TRUVADA for PrEP every day and how well it works. Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.
You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
You must continue using safer sex practices while you are taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
Just taking TRUVADA may not keep you from getting HIV-1. You must use condoms correctly whenever you have any kind of sex. Always use latex or non-latex condoms, except lambskin, to reduce contact with semen, vaginal fluids, or blood.
You must also:
- Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners
- Stay HIV-negative
- Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners
- Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you
- Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis and gonorrhea. These infections make it easier for HIV to infect you
Find out how to get a supply of male or female condoms by mail for free. (Offer subject to change.)
If you do become HIV-1 positive
You need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.
Taking TRUVADA for PrEP — What to do if you:
Miss a dose: Take it as soon as you remember that day. Take only 1 dose per day. Do not take 2 doses to make up for a missed dose. Call your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure what to do.
Run low on TRUVADA for PrEP: Refill your prescription before you run out of medicine.
Take too much: Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
Have side effects: Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go away.
Want to stop: Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider.
What to avoid while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
Avoid doing things that increase your risk of getting HIV-1 or spreading HIV-1 to other people.
- Do not have any kind of sex without protection
- Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, such as toothbrushes and razor blades
- Do not share or reuse needles or other injection equipment
Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1 or spreading HIV-1 to other people.
You must get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you.