What is Truvada?

What is Truvada?

Truvada for PrEP® (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an exciting breakthrough in HIV-1 prevention. This first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved prescription medication can help reduce your risk of HIV-1 infection from sexual contact when taken daily and combined with safe sex practices. With Truvada, you’ll be able to worry less and enjoy more peace of mind.

Truvada is a once-daily pill that can be taken with or without food. For maximum protection against infection, do not miss any doses.

What Are the Side Effects of Truvada?

As with most other medications, Truvada is associated with some mild side effects. These may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weight loss

Rarely, serious side effects such as lactic acidosis, liver and kidney problems, an increased risk of bone fractures, and worsening of hepatitis B may occur. Before taking Truvada, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any kidney or liver conditions you have. Your provider may suggest performing routine lab work while you are taking Truvada.

Is Truvada Right for Me?

The decision to take Truvada is a personal one, but there are some limitations that will impact whether or not it’s right for you. For example, Truvada patients should:

  • Weigh at least 77 pounds
  • Be HIV-negative
  • Receive HIV-1 testing at least every three months and be aware of their partners’ HIV status

Patients who are HIV-positive or are unsure of their HIV status should not take Truvada. If you become HIV positive, you will require additional medications to treat your infection. Truvada alone cannot treat HIV, nor can it prevent other STDs or pregnancy. To reduce your risk of acquiring HIV, use latex or polyurethane condoms and avoid sexual contact with individuals who have an untreated STD.

Visit Affinity Urgent Care for Truvada

Affinity Urgent Care is pleased to offer Truvada to patients at our fully equipped immediate care centers in La Marque, Alvin, and Galveston, Texas. Our team includes highly experienced physicians and other medical practitioners who can evaluate your risks, outline the benefits of Truvada, and determine whether or not it is right for you. We also provide discreet and confidential STD testing onsite to help make patients aware of their sexual health. Our urgent care centers are safe and convenient places to discuss STD symptoms, individual risks, and safer sex practices with experienced medical professionals who can provide the answers you need.

Why Choose Us?

In addition to our comprehensive STD testing and prevention services, Affinity Urgent Care offers several other advantages to patients. Consider that our centers:

  • Have extended hours every day and do not require appointments
  • Keep wait times brief and offer a simple online check-in system to streamline your visit
  • Are in-network with all major health insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid, and offer reduced rates to self-pay patients.

Contact Affinity Urgent Care today to learn more about Truvada and our approach to treatment. Or, just stop by when it works for your busy schedule. We look forward to helping you achieve your best health.