Warnings:

Before starting this medication, you must first get tested to be sure you are HIV negative. Your doctor will order lab tests before starting this medication and during treatment to make sure you do not have HIV infection. Using this product will not always prevent HIV infection. To get the most benefit, use this medication exactly as directed and follow all prevention actions (see also Uses section). Some HIV tests can miss HIV infection in a person who has recently become infected. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of HIV infection such as a sore throat that doesn't go away, tiredness, fever, night sweats, rash, diarrhea, joint/muscle aches, enlarged lymph nodes. If you become HIV positive, you will need to take other medications to treat HIV. If you have HIV and receive only this medication, your HIV may become harder to treat.

Warnings:

Before starting this medication, you must first get tested to be sure you are HIV negative. Your doctor will order lab tests before starting this medication and during treatment to make sure you do not have HIV infection. Using this product will not always prevent HIV infection. To get the most benefit, use this medication exactly as directed and follow all prevention actions (see also Uses section). Some HIV tests can miss HIV infection in a person who has recently become infected. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of HIV infection such as a sore throat that doesn't go away, tiredness, fever, night sweats, rash, diarrhea, joint/muscle aches, enlarged lymph nodes. If you become HIV positive, you will need to take other medications to treat HIV. If you have HIV and receive only this medication, your HIV may become harder to treat.

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Uses

This product is used to help reduce the risk of getting HIV infection. Cabotegravir belongs to a class of drugs known as integrase inhibitors. It works by blocking the virus from growing and infecting more cells. This product does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (such as gonorrhea, syphilis).When cabotegravir is given in combination with rilpivirine, it is used to help control HIV infection.To decrease your risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during sexual activity as directed by your doctor. Do not share personal items (such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may have contacted blood or other body fluids. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How to use

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using cabotegravir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Before starting treatment with this product, you must first get tested to make sure you do not already have HIV infection. Do not receive this medication unless you are confirmed to be HIV negative.

To see how well you can take this medication, your doctor may have you take the form of cabotegravir taken by mouth for one month (at least 28 days) before starting treatment with this form of cabotegravir. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for taking all your medications.

This product is given by injection into a muscle as directed by your doctor, usually once every month for the first 2 months, then once every 2 months. It is given by injection into a buttock muscle by a health care professional. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

It is very important to keep using this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. To help you remember, it may help to mark your calendar. If you miss or will miss a planned injection by more than 7 days, tell your health care professional right away to get directions for your continued HIV prevention.

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