- Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?
- What can you do to prevent getting HIV?
- What happens if I stop taking PrEP?
- Is PrEP safe long term?
- What happens if you stop taking tenofovir?
- What are side effects of tenofovir?
- Is there any medication to prevent HIV?
- What antibiotics are used for HIV?
- How long must you take PrEP?
- How long is PrEP in your system?
- How long can you stay undetectable?
- Do you take PrEP forever?
- Can PrEP make you gain weight?
- Can I stop taking PrEP?
- How long does tenofovir stay in your body?
- Is it bad to miss a day of PrEP?
- Does PrEP weaken your immune system?
Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?
The bottom line is that if you’re living with HIV and have an undetectable viral load, you will still test positive for HIV if you get tested.
But, this is expected, and doesn’t mean that your treatment is not working or that you aren’t undetectable..
What can you do to prevent getting HIV?
How can I prevent HIV?Use condoms. Male latex condoms are the most effective way to prevent HIV and other STIs when you have sex. … Get tested. Be sure you and your partner are tested for HIV and other STIs. … Be monogamous. … Limit your number of sexual partners. … Get vaccinated. … Don’t douche. … Do not abuse alcohol or drugs.
What happens if I stop taking PrEP?
There is some misinformation that if you start and stop PrEP, your body will build up resistance to the medication and thus decrease its effectiveness. This is not the case. PrEP can safely be stopped and restarted without any resistance building up to the medication.
Is PrEP safe long term?
Possible long-term side effects include loss of bone mineral density and kidney damage. Some people worry that people taking PrEP might think they are totally protected. They might be less careful about their sexual behavior.
What happens if you stop taking tenofovir?
Do not stop taking tenofovir without talking to your doctor. If you stop taking tenofovir even for a short time, or skip doses, the virus may become resistant to medications and may be harder to treat.
What are side effects of tenofovir?
The more common side effects that occur with tenofovir include:depression.pain.back pain.diarrhea.headache.trouble sleeping.nausea or vomiting.rash.
Is there any medication to prevent HIV?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV.
What antibiotics are used for HIV?
The following drugs are PIs used to treat HIV:atazanavir (Reyataz)darunavir (Prezista)fosamprenavir (Lexiva)lopinavir (not available as a stand-alone drug, but available with ritonavir in the combination drug Kaletra)ritonavir (Norvir)tipranavir (Aptivus)
How long must you take PrEP?
You will need to take PrEP for 7 days before you are protected, and then every day for as long as you want protection. Recommended for: gay and bisexual men.
How long is PrEP in your system?
Some studies suggest that if you take PrEP every day, it reaches its maximum protection in blood at 20 days, in rectal tissue at about 7 days, and in vaginal tissues at about 20 days. Talk to your health care provider about when PrEP might be effective for you.
How long can you stay undetectable?
A person’s viral load is considered “durably undetectable” when all viral load test results are undetectable for at least six months after their first undetectable test result. This means that most people will need to be on treatment for 7 to 12 months to have a durably undetectable viral load.
Do you take PrEP forever?
It isn’t a pill you have to take forever. You get to decide when to start and stop PrEP. Just remember that if you don’t take it regularly, you aren’t as safe.
Can PrEP make you gain weight?
Using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not raise lipid levels or have any substantial effect on body fat, investigators from the iPrEX trial report this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Can I stop taking PrEP?
No. You can discontinue using PrEP whenever you decide the protection it offers is no longer necessary, if you experience complications related to PrEP, or if you cannot manage to take a pill daily. However, it is advised that you continue taking PrEP for one month following your last possible exposure to HIV.
How long does tenofovir stay in your body?
Together these findings suggested to the researchers that nearly everyone taking TDF/FTC PrEP will attain protective concentrations of tenofovir after 7 days of dosing and that concentrations will remain protective about a week after a person stops taking TDF/FTC.
Is it bad to miss a day of PrEP?
It is very important to take PrEP every day—it is most effective if the drug levels in your body are consistently high. If you do miss a dose, don’t panic. Take the pill as soon as you remember, unless it is already almost time to take the next dose (in that case, do not take a double dose).
Does PrEP weaken your immune system?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV does not affect the immune response, for the good or the bad. CD4+ T cell maturation and HIV-specific immune responses in PrEP and placebo groups.