Truvada is the commercial name for a drug combination used to prevent or treat HIV- AIDS. While a complete cure for HIV is not yet found, antiretroviral drugs like Truvada are prescribed to control the spread of the virus in the infected person’s body.
Composition and Mechanism
The active ingredients of Truvada are emtricitabine and tenofovir. Both are nucleotide analogy reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NtRTI). They inhibit the enzyme reverse transcriptase in the virus without which the virus can’t replicate itself and spread. The no of viral cells is the blood is reduced.
In Australia, alone the no of new infections is 1200 per year.HIV is proving to be difficult to treat because the drugs used to destroy the virus kill the healthy human cells also. However, Truvada inhibits only viral multiplication while effects on human cells are very limited.
Truvada – A pre-exposure prophylactic drug (PrEP)
Prevention is better than cure that is especially true in the case of HIV. A pre exposure prophylactic drug is a medication that is taken to prevent the infection from occurring.
Truvada is FDA approved as PrEP in the US. It is sold as blue color capsules taken orally.
Who can use Truvada?
Any adult person above 35 kgs weight can use Truvada. Doctors for the following persons generally prescribe it.
• People who are at high risk of getting HIV like a couple in which one is HIV positive and other is HIV negative.
• People who use drugs from shared syringes.
• People who have sexual partners with unknown HIV status.
Contact your physician immediately in case of side effects.
Where can you get Truvada in Australia?
Truvada is not yet licensed as PrEP in Australia. Hence it cannot be obtained at rates with a subsidy. It costs about $1200 a month to purchase TruvadaAustralia. However, it can be bought on the internet in websites thatare less expensive. The only thing needed is an Australian issued prescription from your physician.