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Offline ssmmss

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on-demand Truvada
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:32:51 pm »
Hello,
I have been on Truvada for 2 years and 3 months.  I did lab tests every 90 days (HIV, Syphillis, Chlamydia, Comprehensive metabolic panel and Urinalysis) to get my Truvada refill .  My doctor, recently told me that I can switch to on-demand Truvada since I am not at risk all the time.  Every couple of months, I engage in reckless behavior for about a week at a time.  And then a month long vacation once year.  In summary, one week every 2 months and 30 days once a year.  A couple days ago, I decided to stop by daily dose of Truvada based on my doctor's recommended other option (on-demand) even though the CDC doesn't really recommend it. A French study showed that on-demad Truvada can also be quite effective.  I have enough supply of Truvada to literally last me 3 years (expiry date is 2021) because of the on-demand switch, and I will continue to do the STD tests for my own piece of mind every once in a while although not every 90 days like I used to do.  The only reason I did those tests every 90 days was because they were a prerequisite for my refill of the meds.

My question:  how often should I do the liver and kidney tests now that I am not taking Truvada every day?  Thank you.

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Re: on-demand Truvada
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 02:20:41 pm »
Regularly, at least as often as your doing HIV and STI testing and if you having protected intercourse this should be frequent.

If you're not sure ask your doctor as he is one changing your regime

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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