Descovy vs. Truvada: What's the Difference?

Alexis Bryan
Alexis Bryan23 Aug 2022
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Descovy and Truvada are commonly prescribed drugs used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Both are two-drug, antiviral combinations containing emtricitabine and tenofovir. The difference between Descovy and Truvada is that Descovy contains a newer form of tenofovir while Truvada contains the original form of tenofovir. Compared to Descovy, Truvada has been shown to have more adverse effects on kidney function and bone density.

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Alexis Bryan

Alexis Bryan MPH, is a recent graduate of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is passionate about increasing access to care to improve health outcomes. Outside of work, she loves to travel, read, and pay too much attention to her plants.

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