Truvada for PrEP® Available in Alvin, TX
Truvada for PrEP® (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved medication that reduces the risk of acquiring HIV-1 through sexual contact. HIV-1 is the most common type of human immunodeficiency virus, which can damage the immune system and lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). When taken daily and combined with safer sex practices, Truvada can provide you with peace of mind.
Here are a few key facts about Truvada:
- Truvada is a once-daily prescription pill—it’s vital to not miss any doses.
- You must weigh at least 77 pounds to take Truvada.
- Truvada is only appropriate for individuals who are HIV-1 negative. While taking Truvada, you should be tested for HIV-1 at least once every three months.
- In addition to taking Truvada, it’s important to implement safer sex practices like wearing polyurethane or latex condoms and knowing the sexual health status of your partner.
- Truvada does not protect against any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs or STIs).
What Are the Side Effects of Truvada?
Like most other medications, Truvada is associated with a few potential side effects. The most common side effects are typically mild and include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
These side effects usually resolve on their own after a few weeks. Less commonly, more serious complications like kidney problems, liver problems, lactic acidosis, and bone problems may develop. Worsening of existing hepatitis infections may also occur. Before taking Truvada, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any bone, liver, or kidney conditions you may have.
Is Truvada Right for Me?
Affinity Urgent Care is pleased to prescribe Truvada to patients at our fully equipped immediate care center in Alvin, Texas. Led by experienced clinicians with backgrounds in emergency medicine, our team knows how to provide a high level of medical care in an efficient manner.
Unlike some local “doc-in-a-box” clinics, however, Affinity Urgent Care is a member of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and specializes in much more than treating routine illnesses and injuries. Our clinicians provide a full range of STD testing and sexual health services. Featuring a clinical lab, we can promptly test for a full range of STDs, offer expert guidance on safer sex practices, and provide the treatment and prevention strategies you need to achieve your best health.
If you are interested in receiving a prescription for Truvada, our professionals can determine if you are a candidate and provide the HIV-1 testing you will require before and during treatment. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the pill and additional ways you can protect your health.
We’re Here to Help
Contact Affinity Urgent Care in Alvin today to learn more about Truvada, or just stop by our urgent care center when it’s convenient for your schedule. We are open during the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.