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Can You Get Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) Online?

Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir) online after a medical evaluation.

You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Truvada. 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 Truvada, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.


What Is Truvada (Emtricitabine / Tenofovir)?

Truvada is one of two FDA-approved medications used to reduce the risk of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

Truvada for PrEP is a prescription medication taken once a day that reduces the risk of getting HIV through sex, when taken every day. 

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Truvada is a kind of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication taken to decrease the risk of contracting HIV. PrEP is for people who are at high risk of getting HIV, but through taking PrEP everyday, the chance of the HIV virus taking hold and spreading in the body drastically decreases. 

Truvada works by providing a constant presence of medication in the bloodstream that prevents the HIV virus from establishing itself in the body, and slows or completely stops the spread of HIV. 

Truvada has two active ingredients; tenofovir and emtricitabine. These medications promptly block the virus from infecting the body. 

However, Truvada does not protect against other STIs (sexually transmitted infections), and safe sex practices like condoms should still be used, in order to protect yourself fully. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PrEp is highly effective for preventing people from contracting HIV. 

The CDC reports:

  • Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily. 
  • Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily.

Truvada for PrEP may be right for you if you have had anal or vaginal sex in the past six months, along with the following: 

  • A sexual partner with HIV
  • Consistently do not use a condom
  • Been diagnosed with an STD

Truvada is not for those who already have HIV. 

Truvada is very safe, and there have been no severe problems reported by people taking Truvada for PrEP. 

Like all medication, Truvada has some side effects. They are typically reported in only a small percentage of people, and usually fade during the first month of taking Truvada. Talk to your doctor if they don’t go away or get worse.

Some less severe side effects are: 

  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss

There is also a slight chance of more serious side effects. Call your doctor if you have any usual problems, or if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Sore throat, loss of voice, rash, or any other signs of an infection

Truvada side effects typically only last about a month. When starting a new medication, it is not uncommon to have minor side effects as your body adjusts, but they will typically subside. 

Always let your doctor know how you are feeling, or if you are experiencing any side effects, no matter how minor, as it could lead to something major. Also, always let your doctor know if you plan on stopping taking Truvada. 

Truvada dosage is one pill taken every day. Make sure to follow your prescription directions exactly, and follow your doctor’s instructions. Always take the pill every single day without missing a dose. Missing just one dose causes lower levels of the drug inside your body, which leads to lower efficacy of the medication, and could potentially lead to contracting HIV.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you miss the dose by a full day, just take your regular next scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. 

The cost of Truvada is greatly dependent on variables such as insurance. 

Here is a breakdown of typical situations people have:

  • Insurance through an employer or a private insurance company (commercial): Most insurance companies cover Truvada, so it could be as little as $0 per month.
  • Medicare: Medicare usually covers Truvada fully, so it could be as little as $0 per month.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid usually covers Truvada fully, so it could be as little as $0 per month.
  • No insurance: $1,600 to $2,000 per month. However, the list price is not typically the price a patient pays. Truvada has support programs available to help pay for the medication. If your doctor recommends Truvada, the Gilead Advancing Access® program has funding available to help people pay for the medication.

The federal government recently announced that nearly all health insurers are required to cover the cost of PrEP medication (such as Truvada) as well as the cost of lab tests and clinical visits. If you have health insurance, PlushCare can help you with prior authorizations and related paperwork to help ensure that your care with Truvada is covered.

You need to get a prescription from a doctor in order to get Truvada. You can talk with your regular primary care physician or an online licensed physician, like the ones at PlushCare. After talking to your doctor and discussing your options, your doctor may decide that Truvada, or another form of PrEP, may be right for you. 

Remember, in order to start taking Truvada or any other PrEP medication, you must be HIV negative. Before getting a Truvada prescription, your doctor will have you take an HIV test, and to get the drug, you must test negative. 

You will also need to take an HIV test at least every three months while taking PrEP, and talk to your doctor about any symptoms or side effects you may be having. These follow-up appointments are important to attend. 

Although it is highly unlikely that you would get HIV if taking PrEP consistently, if you do end up getting it, it’s imperative to stop taking PrEP right away. PrEP is not a treatment for HIV, it can actually make treating the HIV virus harder, so staying up to date on your status and attending follow-up appointments are key.

Our board-certified physicians are available for online consultations for Truvada and you can make an appointment in as little as 15 minutes. Talk to a doctor online about your potentially life-saving options for protecting yourself against HIV.

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