How Safe Is Truvada?

Is it safe to stop taking Truvada?

Continuing to take PrEP gives us that reassurance that we are protected from HIV for those times where things get steamy.

Otherwise, the short answer is “yes,” it is okay to stop taking PrEP if you’re not having sex or not engaging in “high-risk” behaviors..

Does PrEP weaken your immune system?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV does not affect the immune response, for the good or the bad. CD4+ T cell maturation and HIV-specific immune responses in PrEP and placebo groups.

Why is PrEP bad?

In some rare cases, PrEP may cause some loss of bone density, which can lead to a higher chance of bone fractures.

What does Truvada do to your body?

Both medicines inside Truvada interfere with an enzyme called reverse transcriptase, which is used by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. Since Truvada reduces the activity of reverse transcriptase, it causes HIV-infected cells to slow down or stop producing new viruses.

What happens if you take 2 Truvada?

Just be sure to take one PrEP pill every 24 hours. If you accidentally take 2 PrEP pills in one day, it’s OK. Taking 2 PrEP pills is not harmful.

Is PrEP safer than condoms?

PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. However, there have been public health concerns that its use would lead to ‘risk compensation’ – that, due to PrEP’s effectiveness at preventing HIV, those on PrEP would stop using condoms altogether and that this would lead to an increase in other STIs.

Can I infect someone while on PrEP?

No, taking PrEP does not prevent you from contracting sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea or syphilis. It is important for you to be regularly tested for these infections and to be treated promptly if you find out that you are infected.

Who should not take Truvada?

TRUVADA for PrEP is only for people who are at risk of getting HIV-1 and weigh at least 77 pounds. You must be HIV negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. TRUVADA for PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy.

Is PrEP safe long term?

Possible long-term side effects include loss of bone mineral density and kidney damage. Some people worry that people taking PrEP might think they are totally protected. They might be less careful about their sexual behavior.

Does Truvada make you gain weight?

Because people taking Truvada decreased their weight by -0.1% at week 24 in the iPrEx study, and showed less weight gain than people taking placebo at weeks 48 and 72, Truvada may initially prevent normal weight gain but, according to this study, this effect may fade with long-term use.

How much does Truvada cost a month?

Truvada costs $2,000 a month. Experts say that out-of-pocket expense is preventing a lot of people from taking the PrEP treatment to prevent HIV infection. A drug doesn’t do much good if people don’t take it.