Poz-phobia is hella tired.  So I want to empower you divos and divas with another tool for your box.  So let me hit you with the real T.

Enter TRUVADA (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate).  This medication made some big waves when it was approved by the FDA for HIV prevention.  PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a daily pill to reduce their risk of becoming infected. When used consistently, PrEP has been shown to be effective in men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexually-active men and women. It’s important to note that studies have not been concluded by the CDC,  evaluating whether PrEP is safe and effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection through injection drug use.

So here’s what the makers of TRUVADA say is the need to know:

  • You take the pill daily.
  • It’s Hella Expensive.
  • To Participate in PrEP you must be HIV (So KNOW YOUR STATUS!)

 

SIDE EFFECTS

  • Lactic acidosis (a buildup of acid in the blood), which is a serious, sometimes fatal, medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness, unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, a fast or irregular heartbeat, and/or feeling cold, dizzy or lightheaded
  • Serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity), with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly), and fat in the liver (steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the whites of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice), dark colored urine, light colored stools, lack of appetite, nausea, and/or pain in your lower stomach area
    • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA or similar medicines for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions
  • If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV) and stop taking TRUVADA, your hepatitis may suddenly get worse. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months
  • New or worsening kidney problems: If you have had kidney problems or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys
  • Bone problems: Lab tests show changes in the bones of patients treated with VIREAD (tenofovir DF), a medicine in TRUVADA. Some patients treated with VIREAD developed softening or thinning of the bones which could lead to fractures
  • Changes in body fat: Changes in the distribution of body fat have been seen in some people taking TRUVADA and other anti-HIV-1 medicines. The long term health effect of this is not known
  • Symptoms of inflammation: In some patients with advanced HIV-1 infection (AIDS), symptoms of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. If you notice any symptoms of infection, tell your healthcare provider right away
  • The most common side effects of the medicines in TRUVADA when taken with other anti-HIV-1 medicines are diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue, abnormal dreams, sleeping problems, rash, and depression.
  • Stomach area (abdomen) pain, headache and decreased weight have been reported in adults taking TRUVADA alone for pre-exposure prophylaxis.

So now you’re in the Know.  If you think TRUVADA can help you.  Go talk to your healthcare  provider!

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