HIV MedicationsTruvada

What You Need to Know About Truvada for HIV Treatment and Prevention

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    Frequently Asked QuestionsTruvada

    What is Truvada used for?

    Truvada is used for both the treatment of HIV (in combination with one or more other drugs) and also for the prevention of HIV in people who are HIV negative. For HIV prevention, Truvada is a part of a strategy called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for short.

    What are the drugs in Truvada?

    It’s a pill made of two HIV-fighting drugs, emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF).

    How often is Truvada taken?

    Truvada is normally taken by mouth once a day, with no food or timing restrictions, but please ask your health care provider about dosing, whether for HIV treatment or for PrEP.

    Does Truvada have any side effects I should worry about?

    It rarely causes side effects but may worsen long-term kidney and bone problems. Your doctor should regularly monitor you to make sure you don’t develop these side effects.

    Can Truvada be used for any other conditions besides HIV treatment or prevention?

    Truvada can be a good fit for people who have hepatitis B. Check with your physician to make sure you have been vaccinated for hepatitis B or to find out whether you have it before you stop or start taking Truvada.

    David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.

    David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.

    David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H., is a black same-gender-loving educator, author, activist, and internal medicine physician. He co-hosts the YouTube series 'Revolutionary Health' as part of The Counter Narrative Project and also appears on the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.