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MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
TRUVADA FOR PrEP
Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP:
• You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already
have HIV-1 . Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are
confirmed to be HIV-1 negative.
• Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become
infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or
muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged
lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness
within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP.
While taking TRUVADA for PrEP:
• You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not
keep you from getting HIV-1 .
• You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least
every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you
think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
• If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to
treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to
treat over time.
• See the “How To Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information.
TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including:
• Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you
have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking
TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health
regularly for several months.
ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP
TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine used together with safer sex practices to help
reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at
high risk of getting HIV-1 .
• To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about
your sexual health.
Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:
• Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status.
• Take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.
HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP
• Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1 .
• Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.
• Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms and safer sex practices.
• Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking
TRUVADA for PrEP.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP
TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including:
• Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP” section.
• New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure.
• Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency
that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness
or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach
pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or
• Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away
if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine,
light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.
• Bone problems.
Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain,
headache, and decreased weight.
These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA.Tell your healthcare provider right away if you
have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.
Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during
treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.
BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP
Tell your healthcare provider if you:
• Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis.
• Have any other medical conditions.
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
• Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV
can pass to the baby in breast milk.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take:
• Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal
supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
• Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA
HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK
• Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners.
• Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to
• Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners.
• Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
GET MORE INFORMATION
• This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your
healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV infection.
• Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5
• If you need help paying for your medicine, visit start.truvada.com for program information.
This is only a brief summary of important information about taking
TRUVADA for PrEPTM (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the
risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your
healthcare provider about your medicine.
TRUVADA FOR PREP, the TRUVADA FOR PREP Logo, the TRUVADA Blue Pill Design, TRUVADA, GILEAD, and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead
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