Starting APRETUDE

Once you and your healthcare provider have determined that long-acting*
APRETUDE is right for you, you’re ready to get started.

*APRETUDE is given every other month by a healthcare provider after initiation
injections have been given 1 month apart for 2 consecutive months. Your
healthcare provider may prescribe about a month of once-daily starter pills.

Starting
APRETUDE

Once you and your healthcare provider have determined that long-acting* APRETUDE is right for you, you’re ready to get started.

*APRETUDE is given every other month by a healthcare provider after initiation injections have been given 1 month apart for 2 consecutive months. Your healthcare provider may prescribe about a month of once-daily starter pills.

Schedule your APRETUDE appointments

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Get tested:

Get tested for HIV prior to starting APRETUDE, because you must be HIV-1 negative to start. Your healthcare provider will test you for HIV before each injection, in addition to testing you for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) while you are taking APRETUDE.

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Target appointment date:

APRETUDE is initially given as an injection into the muscle of your buttock 1 time every month for the first 2 months, then as an injection 1 time every 2 months.

You and your healthcare provider will choose 1 day every other month for your injection—that’s called your Target Appointment Date.

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Flexible appointment window: 

While it’s very important that you receive APRETUDE as scheduled, sometimes your plans may change unexpectedly. 

You have a Flexible Appointment Window—from 7 days before to 7 days after your Target Appointment Date.

If you can't make your Target Appointment Date, make sure to contact your healthcare provider right away to set up a new appointment within your Flexible Appointment Window and to talk about your options.

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Attend all appointments: 

Talk to your healthcare provider if you are thinking about stopping APRETUDE.

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What to do if you miss an appointment by more than 7 days:

If you miss your Target Appointment Date by more than 7 days, your healthcare provider may prescribe 2 months of daily oral pills called VOCABRIA. These pills are made up of the same drug that is in APRETUDE. After you’ve finished taking these pills, your healthcare provider will determine if restarting your APRETUDE injections is right for you.  

Remember: it is important to go to every APRETUDE appointment to help you stay continuously protected from HIV

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