What should I know about Viread before taking it?

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You should know that Viread (tenofovir) neither prevents nor cures human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or their symptoms. Viread does not protect against the spread of HIV to others. You should also be aware that two serious problems have been linked to treatment with Viread, including acid buildup in the blood and liver disorders. These problems are more likely to occur in women, people who are obese and in people who have been taking Viread, or a medication like it, for an extended period of time. Before starting treatment with Viread, it is very important to tell your doctor about all of the medications you are currently taking. There are a number of medications that must be monitored closely when taken with Viread. There are also medications that should never be taken with Viread, including the combination drug of emtricitabine-tenofovir or adefovir. Make sure your doctor is aware of any other medical conditions you may have, especially liver disease, kidney disease or bone problems, since these conditions require special tests or dosage adjustments in order to use Viread safely.