Living Healthy With HIV-1

Your passion. Your courage. Your strength. It’s what’s inside that makes you beautiful. That’s why it's so important to take care of your health. While there is no known cure for HIV-1 or AIDS, there are treatments that can improve your immune system and help you reach important health goals. Partner with your healthcare provider to find a treatment that works for you. Then work together to create a plan to help you live healthy with HIV-1.


Everyone's needs are different. That's why working with your healthcare provider is so important to your health.

Ask your healthcare provider about other factors you think are important when making a decision about your HIV-1 treatment.

Three important health goals to consider:

Decrease viral load

Reduce the amount of HIV-1 in your blood (viral load) to reach and maintain undetectable levels. Being "undetectable" means that the amount of virus in your blood is below what can be measured in a lab test.

Increase CD4 T-cell count

Raise the number of CD4 T-cells in your blood that fight infection and improve your immune system. By raising the number of CD4 T-cells in your blood, you are increasing your immune system's ability to fight infection.

Care for your body

Who you are matters, especially on the inside. Work with your healthcare provider to set health goals and discuss healthy behaviors you can add to your daily routine.


By reaching and staying undetectable, you can lower the risk of passing the virus on during sex by more than 90%. Always remember to practice safer sex.

Your Partner in Health

Your healthcare provider is committed to being your partner in health. They know you and they know how to treat your HIV-1. Work with your healthcare provider to learn what steps you can take to live a healthy life with HIV-1.

Here are a few questions that you may want to ask your healthcare provider to get the conversation started:

  • What are my HIV-1 treatment options?
  • What are the possible benefits of HIV-1 treatment?
  • What are the possible side effects of HIV-1 treatment and how may the side effects impact my body over time?
  • What does taking HIV-1 treatment involve?
  • How might HIV-1 treatment affect the other medicines I take?
  • In addition to starting and staying on treatment, what can I do to live a healthy life with HIV-1?

DESCOVY® does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. You must keep taking HIV-1 medicines to control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses.


Everyone's needs are different. That's why working with your healthcare provider is so important to your health.

Ask your healthcare provider about other factors you think are important when making a decision about your HIV-1 treatment.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about DESCOVY®?

DESCOVY may cause serious side effects:

  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. DESCOVY is not approved to treat HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and stop taking DESCOVY, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking DESCOVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

What are the other possible side effects of DESCOVY?

Serious side effects of DESCOVY may also include:

  • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking DESCOVY.
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking DESCOVY if you develop new or worse kidney problems.
  • 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 abnormal heartbeat.
  • 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, such as bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones.

The most common side effect of DESCOVY is nausea. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don't go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking DESCOVY?

  • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection.
  • All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Other medicines may affect how DESCOVY works. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe to take DESCOVY with all of your other medicines.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if DESCOVY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking DESCOVY.
  • If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call .

What is DESCOVY?

DESCOVY is a prescription medicine that is used together with other HIV-1 medicines to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older. DESCOVY is not for use to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. DESCOVY combines 2 medicines into 1 pill taken once a day. Because DESCOVY by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1, it must be used together with other HIV-1 medicines.

DESCOVY does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must keep taking DESCOVY. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

Please see Important Facts about DESCOVY, including important warnings.