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Learn more about APRETUDE
APRETUDE for PrEP is used to reduce the risk of sexually getting HIV-1 infection in adults and adolescents weighing at least 77 pounds (35 kg).
To help you stay continuously protected from HIV, it is important that you receive APRETUDE as scheduled. Stay under the care of a healthcare provider while receiving APRETUDE.
APRETUDE was approved by the FDA in 2021.
APRETUDE contains the prescription medicine cabotegravir.
Getting started on APRETUDE
The first step is to talk to your healthcare provider. If they prescribe APRETUDE, they will discuss how it is a long-acting* HIV prevention option dosed every other month, and can answer any questions that may come up.
*APRETUDE is given every other month by a healthcare provider after initiation injections have been given 1 month apart for 2 consecutive months. It’s important to attend all appointments. Your healthcare provider may prescribe about a month of once-daily starter pills.
If you’re prescribed APRETUDE, you can enroll in ViiVConnect to determine your insurance coverage and find out if you’re eligible for programs that may help lower your out-of-pocket costs.
The amount you pay for APRETUDE will largely depend on your insurance coverage, so contact your provider, as they know the details of your plan. Federal law requires that insurance plans cover certain items and services associated with PrEP. Your doctor’s office, insurance provider, and ViiVConnect can help you better understand your out-of-pocket costs.
APRETUDE Savings Program
Eligible patients may pay as little as a $0 copay per fill on select prescribed ViiV Healthcare medications.
Click to learn about eligible medications and their yearly coverage amounts.
What to expect the day of your injection appointments
APRETUDE is given to you by a trained healthcare professional.
In the APRETUDE clinical studies, the most common side effect was injection-site reactions.
Injection-site reactions included pain, tenderness, hardened mass or lump, swelling, bruising, redness, itching, warmth, loss of sensation at the injection site, abscess, and discoloration.
During your appointment, a trained healthcare professional will give you 1 injection into the muscle of your buttock.
Your healthcare provider may ask you to wait about 10 minutes after your injection. Following that, it should be fine to return to your daily activities, but always check with your healthcare provider.
While it is important that you receive APRETUDE as scheduled, things do come up. If you can’t make your scheduled Target Appointment Date, be sure to contact your healthcare provider right away to set up a new appointment and to talk about your options. You’ll have a Flexible Appointment Window—from 7 days before to 7 days after your Target Appointment Date.
If you miss a dose or stop your injections, contact your healthcare provider right away to help you stay protected from HIV.
It should be fine to drive yourself to and from your appointment, but you should always check with your healthcare provider.
Who is at risk for HIV?
HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or where they live. APRETUDE is only for sexually getting HIV-1. If you have sex without condoms with someone who is living with HIV or has an unknown status, if you have multiple partners, or if you have sex within a community where HIV is more common, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP.
If you're prescribed APRETUDE, you will get tested prior to each injection. Your healthcare provider may do additional HIV testing.
Most people get HIV through anal or vaginal sex. You can help protect yourself by using condoms and PrEP.
Women represent about 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses each year, according to a 2018 study. 55% of women diagnosed with HIV are Black and 18% are Hispanic/Latina, according to a 2019 study.
Many people think that HIV only impacts gay men, but that simply isn’t the case.
A lot of people can benefit from PrEP, including cisgender women and transgender women.
Learning about PrEP
PrEP doesn’t prevent STIs. To help you stay protected, always practice safer sex and use a condom.
People who take APRETUDE, or any other PrEP, must be HIV-1 negative prior to and while taking it. No PrEP medicine is 100% effective, so regular HIV testing is important. APRETUDE is a prescription medicine that is used to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1. It helps lower the chances of getting HIV through sex.
To reduce your risk of getting HIV, know your HIV-1 status, get regular testing for other sexually transmitted infections, and practice safer sex by using a condom. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to reduce the risk of infection.