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Can You Get Descovy (Emtricitabine Tenofovir Alafenamide) Online?
Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Descovy (Emtricitabine Tenofovir Alafenamide) online after a medical evaluation.
You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Descovy. Book an online appointment with one of our top doctors using your phone or computer.
During your virtual visit, a physician will review your symptoms and medical history to provide a diagnosis. If the doctor determines that a patient would qualify for Descovy, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.
What Is Descovy (Emtricitabine Tenofovir Alafenamide)?
Descovy is the brand name of a kind of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) prescription medication. It is a daily pill taken to lower the chances of getting HIV through sex.
The FDA approved Descovy in 2016 to help prevent people from getting HIV.
Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.
Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.
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We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy or by mail.
What is Descovy PrEP?
Descovy is a kind of PrEP medication. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. This means that the drug is taken before you come in contact with HIV.
Taking PrEP daily reduces the risk of contracting HIV if you are exposed to the virus.
Some things to know about PrEP are:
- PrEP is for people who are at risk of getting HIV through sex.
- You can only take PrEP if you are HIV-negative.
Some things that PrEP CANNOT do are:
- PrEP is not an emergency use backup plan, or a one-time-only strategy.
- PrEP does not protect you from any other STIs, and you should practice safe sex and use condoms to reduce the risk of getting STIs.
Descovy for PrEP is not for everyone. It is not for those who are already HIV positive. It is also not for people who are assigned female at birth or who are at risk of HIV from vaginal sex. The effectiveness of the drug has not been studied for that scenario.
How Does Descovy Work?
Descovy works by suppressing the amount of HIV in your blood. The pill has two main active ingredients, tenofovir and emtricitabine, which are used to fight HIV.
HIV is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids. When someone contracts HIV, the virus attacks CD4+ cells, often called T-helper cells. They are the white blood cells that play critical roles in the body’s immune system.
When HIV is left untreated, the CD4+ cell count will decrease. This is what leads the body to not be able to fight infection. If untreated for long enough, the immune system will not be able to fight off diseases, and at this point, the person with HIV will typically be diagnosed with AIDS.
Fighting HIV at the earliest stages is much more effective, and with treatment, the amount of HIV in the blood can be reduced to such low levels, that people can live long, healthy lives without transmitting HIV to anyone else.
Descovy’s active ingredients prevent HIV from multiplying, so it therefore cannot grow or spread, allowing the immune system to be able to fight off infections efficiently.
Is Descovy Effective?
Yes, Descovy is very effective. From 2016-2017, a clinical study was completed with over 5,300 participants of men who have sex with men, as well as transgender women who have sex with men. It showed after 48 to 96 weeks of PrEP, 99% of people taking Descovy remained HIV free.
What are Possible Descovy Side Effects?
The side effects of Descovy have been relatively limited. Only five percent or less of people report the following minor side effects:
- Bone pain
- Stomach discomfort
There is a potential for a few more serious side effects, such as:
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure
- Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis)
- Severe liver problems
What is the Typical Dosage of Descovy?
The recommended dosage of Descovy is one tablet a day taken orally with or without food. It is essential not to miss a single dose of Descovy.
Make sure to take Descovy precisely as your healthcare provider tells you to take it, and do not stop taking Descovy without first talking to your doctor.
How Much Does Descovy Cost?
The cost of Descovy can depend on a few variables. Here are some common scenarios below, and the price affiliated with them.
- Insurance through an employer or a private insurance company (commercial): $0 – $40 per month.
- Medicare: $0 and $5 per month.
- Medicaid: $4 and $9 per month.
- No insurance: $1,758 per month. However, the list price is not typically the price a patient pays. Descovy has support programs available to help.
If you have questions or need further assistance, call the Advancing Access Patient Support Program at 1-800-226-2056 or go to www.GileadAdvancingAccess.com. They have specialists available who can find programs to help you with insurance coverage and financial support to pay for Descovy.
Most insurance plans provide coverage for the cost of PrEP. In 2021, the federal government stated that almost all health insurers must cover the cost of clinical visits and lab tests related to PrEP in addition to PrEP medication itself.
If you have insurance, PlushCare can help you with assistance programs and prior authorizations to help you cover PrEP prescription costs, including the cost of Descovy.
How Do I Get a Prescription for Descovy?
To request a Descovy prescription, all you need to do is talk to a doctor.
At PlushCare, we provide access to top-quality doctors that can discuss if Descovy is right for you. Our online doctors are capable of writing prescriptions via telehealth appointments from your phone or computer.
To get a Descovy prescription, you must be HIV negative. You will also need to take an HIV test to confirm negative status at least every three months. While taking Descovy, it is highly unlikely you would get HIV; however, if you do, you must stop taking Descovy immediately.
Request a Descovy Prescription Online
Doctors at PlushCare can prescribe Descovy online, if you qualify. All you have to do is:
- Book an appointment when it is convenient for you.
- Attend your virtual appointment and talk to your doctor via video chat on your smartphone or computer.
- Pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy.
- Chat with a care team anytime that you need to or through unlimited messaging on the PlushCare app.
Telehealth is not appropriate for serious conditions that require immediate attention or emergency care. If you experience any life-threatening issues, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.
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