DESCOVY for PrEP?
- It is not for use in people assigned female at birth who are at risk of getting HIV from vaginal sex, because its effectiveness has not been studied.
- You must be
HIV-negativebefore and while taking DESCOVY for PrEP.
If you and your healthcare provider decide that
DESCOVY for PrEP is right for you, there are a few things that are important to know
DESCOVY helps reduce the risk of HIV. It does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING STIs, LIKE:
- Using latex or polyurethane condoms and lube
- Talking to your partner(s) about HIV and STI status and testing
- Getting tested regularly for HIV and other STIs
- Talking to a healthcare provider about how to help reduce the risk of getting STIs, including HIV
How to take
DESCOVY for PrEP
Take one pill once a day, with or without food.
Take DESCOVY every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV.
The largest HIV prevention trial of its kind has shown a strong link between taking PrEP medicines every day and how well they work.
Do not miss any doses of DESCOVY. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV.
DESCOVY for PrEP is the smallest PrEP pill available. It’s one pill, taken once daily, and comes in a bottle or DayTracker™ pack for you to choose from. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more.
“For me, my daily PrEP routine is second nature. I do my yoga, I take my pill, and I just keep going.”
-Everett, GAWatch Everett's story
You must stay
HIV-negative to take DESCOVY for PrEP
Tell a healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV. He or she may want to do more tests to be sure you are still
If you do become
DESCOVY by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV. If you have HIV and take only DESCOVY, your HIV may become harder to treat now and in the future.
What to do if you:
Miss a dose
Take it as soon as you remember that day. Take only 1 dose per day. Do not take 2 doses to make up for what you missed. Call your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you’re not sure what to do.
Run low on your prescription
Do your best to call in your next prescription once you reach the last 7 pills. If you have trouble remembering, set a reminder or see if your pharmacy has automatic refills.
Take too much
Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Have side effects
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go away.