Introduction: Pre-exposure prophylaxis with a single daily pill of emtricitabine (F) plus tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is highly efficacious at preventing HIV acquisition. Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) is another tenofovir prodrug that delivers higher intracellular levels of active tenofovir diphosphate in blood cells and has an improved safety profile compared to TDF. Given the recent regulatory approval of the F/TAF combination for prophylaxis, it is important to review its safety and efficacy. Areas covered: In this review, the author examines the safety and efficacy of F/TAF for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Both published manuscripts and conference papers are reviewed. F/TAF is non-inferior to F/TDF at preventing HIV acquisition in men and transgender women with a trend toward superiority. F/TAF has yet to be tested against HIV exposure via injection or vaginal intercourse. Expert opinion: Within these limitations, F/TAF may be particularly advantageous for older individuals thanks to improved kidney safety compared to F/TDF. F/TAF did not possess the hypolipidemic properties of F/TDF and was associated with weight gains.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2021|
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