PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is the use of daily HIV medications to lower the risk of becoming infected with HIV.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PrEP, when used consistently, may reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV from sex by over 90%. For intravenous drug users, the risk is reduced by over 70%. PrEP may also help prevent someone who is HIV-negative getting HIV from his/her partner who is HIV-positive.
Consumers are encouraged to realize that both the generic and the brand name products contain the exact same active ingredients. However, the generic medication is much cheaper.
There are two medications, when used in combination, that are approved for daily use as PrEP. Tenofovir and emtricitabine are combined into one prescription medication, Truvada®. Truvada® is the brand name of the generic medicines emtricitabine/tenofovir. This fixed-dose medication is a combination of two antiretroviral medications called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine and is prescribed for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
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