Take PrEP as directed: one tablet per day, just like your daily vitamins. You need to keep using safer sex practices, including condoms, whenever you have any kind of sex. You also need to get tested for HIV at least every 3 months .If you can lower your risk or can use other ways to protect yourself from HIV, you can stop using PrEP[ag1]
As we’ve said already, once on PrEP, you really need to keep on getting regularly tested for HIV as well as going for STI screenings every 3 months; we also recommend you keep an eye on your kidney function: your doctor can easily monitor your kidney function and check that your creatinine levels are where they should be.
HIV test HIV test: You must get an HIV test before deciding to take it PrEP! We recommend you ask for a ‘4th generation’ HIV blood test, also known as antigen/antibody test; this particular test allows for an accurate HIV status assessment dating back to as little as 4 weeks prior the actual blood test.
Kidney-function test: You also need to check that your kidneys are working properly, and the easiest way to do that is to get a kidney-function test; this usually involves a simple blood test to check your levels of creatinine, or you may sometimes also need a urine test to check your levels of proteins.[ag1]
Drug resistance is in reference to the HIV virus in your body developing a drug resistance, not your body developing a resistance to the PrEP medication. You can only develop a drug resistance if you actually have HIV in your system (i.e. you're HIV positive). That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re negative. If you are negative and taking PrEP, as long as you stay negative, you will not have any drug resistance issues to worry about. Your body does not ‘get used to the PrEP’ and stop protecting you from HIV, which is a common confusion that people have. Take PrEP – stay negative.
Watch this full video to understand what PrEP is and what effects you may have. Once you are done, you can continue with the ordering process.