Truvada contains a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir. Emtricitabine and tenofovir are antiviral medicines that prevent HIV cells from multiplying in your body. Truvada is used to treat HIV, the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, but it can be used to treat HIV in children who are at least 12 years old and weigh at least 37 pounds.
How to take Truvada. You may take this medicine with or without food. Use Truvada regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. While using Truvada, you may need frequent blood tests. Your kidney and liver function, or bone mineral density may also need to be checked. If you have hepatitis B you may develop liver symptoms after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping.