TRUVADA for PrEP®
Clinical studies show that TRUVADA for PrEP works
better when taken every day as directed.
The first study followed adult
During the studies, all participants were told to use safer sex practices, including condoms. They also received monthly HIV testing and counseling. In the end, it was determined that TRUVADA for PrEP helped reduce the chances of HIV infection in both groups that were studied compared to those taking a placebo (sugar pill).
After the initial studies were completed and the results were known, researchers conducted further analysis and looked at a sample of people who were assigned to take TRUVADA® in the studies. They wanted to know if people who had TRUVADA in their body were better protected against HIV than those who did not.
In both studies, people with TRUVADA in their body* were less likely to get HIV. But keep in mind that this kind of analysis, called a "post-hoc analysis," should be interpreted with caution because it was not one of the original goals of either study.
Men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men:
Couples (male/female) where one partner has HIV and the other does not:
Before and while taking TRUVADA for PrEP:
TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:
Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:
Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:
Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are headache, stomach-area (abdomen) pain, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-daily prescription medicine for adults and adolescents at risk of HIV who weigh at least 77 pounds. It helps lower the chance of getting HIV through sex. You must be HIV negative before and while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
To help determine if TRUVADA for PrEP may be an option for you, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your risk for HIV-1.