renegade.health At-Home PrEP Kit FAQs
Are you looking for test kit instructions?
The Renegade At-Home PrEP Test Kit is for HIV-negative adults (age 18+) who want to take control of their health in protecting themselves from HIV.
We believe you should always be in control of your health care decisions. That being said, you are able to order a kit via one of Renegade’s healthcare providers during your telemedicine visit.
Yes. And no. The yes part: As you do with your current provider, you simply need to complete the test kit so we can ensure you are eligible for PrEP. The no part: Renegade works with a pharmacy in your state to send out your prescriptions. We do not fullfill your order, but our partner pharmacy does.
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a medicine that can help prevent HIV. Using PrEP as prescribed can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by up to 99%.
Accourding to the CDC, if you used correctly, PrEP can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by up to 99%. PrEP can also lower your chances of getting HIV from sharing needles by more than 70%.
It’s really important to use PrEP correctly, meaning on time, every time. PrEP doesn’t work as well if you skip pills or miss your shot appointments. If you don’t take it on schedule, there might not be enough medicine in your body to block HIV.
It is important to know taking PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections.
PrEP is very safe. There have been no serious problems reported from taking PrEP.
PrEP may cause side effects such as loss of appetite, headaches, fever, muscle pain and nausea. These side effects are not dangerous and usually get better with time as your body gets used to PrEP. Most people on PrEP have zero side effects.
Once you’re on PrEP, you’ll need to get tested every 3 months for HIV and to make sure your kidneys are working well. It’s really important to go to these follow-up appointments to make sure you’re kidneys are healthy, and you remain HIV-negative. It’s very unlikely you’ll get HIV if you’re using PrEP consistently. But if you do happen to get HIV while using PrEP, it’s important for your health to stop using PrEP right away. PrEP is not a treatment for HIV—in fact, taking PrEP when you have HIV can make the virus harder to treat.