HIV is spreading at an alarming rate across the globe. In spite of the efforts of governments and agencies, people continue to have unsafe, unprotected sex that results in STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or the more serious HIV, which can lead to AIDS. One startup company based in San Francisco, California in the United States has discovered a new way to get protective medication to at-risk people. Find out how this startup, called Nurx, is becoming a part of the fight against HIV.
What Happens After HIV Exposure?
HIV has no cure. Once you are exposed to HIV, you have a very brief window of 72 hours to get treated with HIV PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis. As long as your HIV test is still negative, the PEP treatment halts the spread of HIV and keeps it from taking hold within your body and destroying your immune system. That’s why it’s so urgent to get tested immediately if you think you may have been exposed to HIV. Don’t wait, or your brief window of opportunity will slip away.
If you don’t get PEP treatment and you become infected with HIV, you need to get started on an antiretroviral regimen right away. You’ll have to take the prescribed medications for the rest of your life, which can become expensive. If you take the regimen as directed, you should be able to enjoy a longer life.
What Does the Nurx App Offer?
Truvada® is a PrEP medication, an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. It protects you from HIV before you are exposed to the virus. The medication is highly effective as long as you take it regularly, as directed. The Nurx app makes it easy to order Truvada and have it delivered to your home.
Having Truvada® delivered to the doorstep is one way for at-risk individuals to protect themselves while keeping a low profile and maintaining their privacy. Certain populations are more at risk for HIV, including sex workers, transgender women, and gay men. Due to social stigma or lack of information, these groups may not always procure Truvada through regular channels. With the Nurx app, they have an easy, confidential way to obtain the medication.
How Does Someone Get Started with Nurx?
Individuals who are interested in taking PrEP should sign up using the Nurx app or website. They will need to answer some initial questions and then visit a lab for some simple bloodwork. After that, the patient gets a 3-month supply of Truvada in the mail.
Who Can Use the Nurx App?
Currently, the Nurx app only serves individuals living in California. However, with startups like this one popping up all over the world, it’s easy to imagine a similar service working well in Singapore. To get STD testing or to find out more about HIV PEP, visit Shim Clinic in Singapore. The professionals at the clinic have plenty of experience, and they work hard to protect your privacy and security. Take time to ensure your own good health, and you’ll be able to enjoy your life even more.