What is emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide (Descovy)?
Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide is a combination prescription medication used in conjunction with other forms of medication as a treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is also used in conjunction with safe sex practices to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV, a practice known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. This medication slows the progression and reproduction of the HIV virus to delay the destruction of the immune system. This can help patients reduce their risk of severe complications caused by HIV, and may lower the risk of the HIV virus developing into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
It is available under the brand name Descovy and is prescribed in the form of an oral tablet.