Average Rating: 3.0 (4 Ratings)

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 5  PrEP / HIV Prevention Haven't had any side effects for taking Truvada as PrEP. HIV negative and so thankful for this drug. M 34 5 months
300/200 1X D
 1  HIV Osteoporosis. Men in their 20's get osteoporosis from this poison, too! After all these years they are finally acknowledging this fact. It will cripple you! Severe Osteo ain't just for old ladies anymore! HIV meds are just plain toxic and I quit all those meds due to side effects after being tortured into my current physical helplessness since 1996. The pharm. corps are just plain greedy and evil. I wish I never took this drug even if you believe it means I would be dead now. This is not a life, and truvada/viread just give you more problems that never go away. F 57 10 years
1X O
 1  HCW exposed to HIV+ source Headache,sensitive to light,extreme fatigue,felt like puking,weight gain in abdomen,arms feeling like gorilla arms, felt as if shoulders would separate, dry lips, irritated ear lobes, tingling in fingers, lasted about nine months, extreme anxiety, and feelings of dread... PEP is extremely scary to take, the forced abstinence is no fun... F 49 28 days
200/300 1X M
 5  HIV None M 47
300/200 1X D

TRUVADA  (EMTRICITABINE; TENOFOVIR DISOPROXIL FUMARATE):  This product is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. This product is a combination of two different drugs: emtricitabine and tenofovir. Emtricitabine is called a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, while tenofovir is called a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor. They are often called NRTIs. This product should not be used by itself to help control HIV infection. Doing so can make your treatment less effective. Combination treatment with at least one other HIV medication should be used. This product is also approved in the US to help prevent HIV infection in people who have a high risk for infection. Some things that increase risk include having a partner infected with HIV, having unprotected sex, having multiple sex partners, infection with a sexually transmitted disease-STD, or use/abuse of drugs or alcohol. Emtricitabine/tenofovir is not a cure for HIV infection. Also, it will not always prevent HIV infection. To help prevent becoming infected with HIV and to decrease your risk of spreading HIV disease to others, do all of the following: (1) continue to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, (2) always use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during all sexual activity, and (3) do not share personal items (such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may have contacted blood or other body fluids. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)