What it takes to start TRUVADA for PrEP.
Your doctor will decide if TRUVADA for PrEP is right for you based on an open discussion about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection through sex. Then, if your doctor decides that TRUVADA for PrEP is right for you, he or she will test to be sure you are HIV-negative before starting you on TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and about any medicines you are taking. If you are a woman, talk to your doctor about how TRUVADA for PrEP can affect pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Your doctor will test to make sure you are HIV-negative.
You cannot take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status.
Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. You cannot take TRUVADA for PrEP if you have symptoms of new HIV-1 infection. Tell your doctor if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking the medicine. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include:
- Feeling tired
- Fever, sweating at night
- Rash, vomiting, diarrhea
- Joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or groin
HIV testing is the only way to know if you have HIV. Retesting every 3 months is recommended for people who are at high risk.
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.
Do you have any health problems? Are you taking any medicines? Tell your doctor.
Be sure to let your doctor know about all of your health problems including:
- Kidney problems or kidney dialysis treatment
- Bone problems
- Liver problems
- Hepatitis B virus infection. Your doctor may test for hepatitis B before prescribing TRUVADA for PrEP
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Keep a list of your medicines
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Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding (nursing), or plan to breastfeed.
It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your doctor will decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider.
Do not breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.
Find a TRUVADA for PrEP Provider
If you are ready to talk to a healthcare provider about TRUVADA for PrEP, this tool can help you find one.