There is a new way to treat HIV without daily pills. Learn about HIV Injections.
All About HIV Injections
There is now a once-a-month injectable HIV treatment available for adults called Cabenuva. It is also now available as an injection given every 2 months. The medication is provided as two intramuscular injections. Prior to starting the once-a-month injection, you would start on the oral tablet version for at least 28 days before switching to the injectable form. Individuals who are already virally suppressed may be candidates for this injectable treatment.
Affordability for HIV Injections Treatment
Most HIV medications are included in the Ontario Benefit Formulary (ODB) – including Cabenuva. This includes Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Seniors Plan, OHIP+ and the Trillium Drug Program. They are also covered by Non-Insured Health Benefits (NHIB) for First Nations and Inuit.
In addition, most private insurance companies cover the medication either fully or partially. There are manufacturer program we can connect you with that can help with covering the difference not picked up by your plan.
Get monthly injections with us!
HIV treatment injection services are available at our Toronto and Brampton location. Our team of experienced nurses are here to support your care at our inclusive and comfortable spaces. This service is free and included with your medication from our pharmacy.
Common Questions about HIV Injections
The medication includes the two antiretroviral (ARV) medications cabotegravir and rilpivirine. Rilpivirine is currently included in existing oral tablet formulations. Cabotegravir is in the same drug class as other currently existing medications such as dolutegravir. This combination is as effective as daily tablet regimens.
The medication is generally well-tolerated. The most common reported side effects include local injection site reactions.
Our in-person clinics in Toronto and Brampton offer on-site injection services. This includes by appointment and walk-in hours to make it easy and flexible for you – including last minute changes.
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We launched this to improve injection access, limit potential hospital exposure, and ensure you are receiving the medication in a comfortable environment. The injection service is included with your prescription with us – there is no additional fee for the injection service.
Many people are satisfied on their current HIV treatment regimens, but some would prefer a once monthly injection. You can discuss with your HIV specialist or current care provider if this would be a good option for you. They can fax the prescription to us at 416-961-1250 and we will get in contact with you to discuss getting things ready and arranging for a future nurse visit.