PrEP for HIV Prevention in New Jersey

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PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is an extremely effective way to help prevent HIV infection. It’s a prescription pill that men take once daily to lower their chances of getting HIV.

You should consider a PrEP prescription if you are HIV-negative and at risk for contracting HIV. At-risk individuals include men who have sex with men and intravenous drug users.

If you are interested in a prescription, Dr. Philip Cheng at Peak Men’s Health is now prescribing PrEP out of our Basking Ridge, Jersey City, Englewood, and Marlton locations.

Types of PrEP Medication

The most common PrEP brands are Truvada and Descovy. These medications are equally effective and are approved by the FDA for the prevention of HIV infection.

Truvada is a combination of two different drugs: emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Truvada was the first medication to be approved for PrEP. The prescription is taken daily and is typically covered by insurance.

Descovy is a combination of two different drugs: emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide. The FDA approved the medication in 2016 as a treatment for HIV infection. Like Truvada, Descovy is taken once a day and is sometimes covered by insurance.

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PrEP Prescription FAQs

PrEP Side Effects

The most common side effects of PrEP are usually mild, but be sure to speak with your provider if you’re experiencing any side effects.

Side effects of Truvada include the following:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Worsening of hepatitis B infection
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Lactic acidosis
  • Bone problems

Side effects of Descovy include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Kidney problems

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