How often do you need to take your PrEP medication? Once per week? Twice per week? Three times?
Every day. When taken daily, your estimated level of protection is 99%. (source)
If you don’t take your PrEP pill every day, it cannot fully protect you from HIV. If you take it daily, you will have the strongest protection.
In the beginning, it can take Truvada PrEP time to take effect in your system. Allow at least 7 days for the medicine to take full effect and continue practicing safe sex to protect yourself from other sexually transmitted diseases.
PrEP is effective for gay and bi men, gay and bi women, and transmen/transwomen at risk for HIV. If you think you may be at risk, talk to your doctor about the potential options for you.
Potential Side Effects
PrEP can cause a wide array of potential side effects. Here are some things to look out for.
- Nausea is common in about 10% of patients in the first month. Talk to your doctor if this is persistent or impacting your day-to-day.
- Headaches and cloudiness.
- Weight Loss (small percentage)
If you experience any serious side effects or strange differences in your health, consult a doctor immediately. While Truvada for PrEP is safe for the most part, you never know how your body will react.
Other Ways to Protect Yourself
Truvada for PrEP is just one way to protect yourself from sexual diseases. You can also protect yourself by practicing safe sex. Use condoms to protect yourself from HIV, STDs/STIs, and prevent unwanted pregnancies.