- Clinical guides, protocols and EHR tools
- EBGTZ Injectable PrEP Quick Guide
- Pacific AETC Injectables Toolkit, including clinical protocols, checklists and patient education
- SFDPH Injectable PrEP Pocket Card PDF; also on this webpage
- Ward 86 Long-acting Injectable Antiretroviral Protocol
- LifeLong Long-acting Injectable ARV Protocol
- Epic SmartPhrases for Cabenuva and Apretude from LifeLong
- Training videos
- Apretude clinical training video from Viiv: click to watch here or watch on the Viiv website
- Cabenuva implementation video from AETC: medication storage (at 11:02 mins), administration (at 12:59 mins)
- Ventrogluteal injection site training video
- Thigh injection (vastus lateralis) site training video
- Infographics for community members
Latest HIV injectable updates
We currently have 3 long-acting injectable HIV medications (Cabenuva and Sunlenca) and 1 long-acting injectable HIV PrEP medication (Apretude) that are FDA-approved and available.
- For people coming back into care with a history of injectables: If they have been on Cabenuva (injectable cabotegravir/rilpivirine) and their viral load is detectable, or they have been on Apretude (injectable cabotegravir) for PrEP, use Symtuza for rapid ART and include integrase (INSTI) testing in the genotype. This is to account for the long half-life of these drugs and the risk of resistance when the drug levels drop after discontinuation. If the person was on CAB/RPV and is still undetectable, it would be reasonable to offer them an INSTI-based regimen and monitor viral loads carefully. See updated rapid ART protocols here.
- Sunlenca (lenacapavir, or LEN) is a long-acting injectable HIV medication in a new class called capsid inhibitors taken every 6 months in combination with other active HIV medications for people who have drug-resistance.
- Cabenuva (cabotegravir/rilpivirine, or CAB/RPV) is a combination of 2 long-acting injectable HIV medications taken every 1 to 2 months. Cabenuva no longer requires an oral lead-in prior to injection. Study data shows long-term virologic suppression and safety to ~3 years.
- Check carefully for resistance: Remember to check genotype and ART history carefully, including evaluating baseline transmitted resistance. Since CAB/RPV is a 2-drug regimen, we want to avoid using it alone in people with RPV or CAB resistance. Check for the key CAB/RPV resistance mutations listed at the bottom of page 2 of the W86 protocol. You can also analyze the impact of resistance mutations on the Stanford database.
- For people starting injections with viremia:
- Check viral load every 1-2 months after you start CAB/RPV.
- For people with chronic hepatitis B: CAB/RPV is not active against hep B. If CAB/RPV is still the best HIV ART option for them, add oral hep B treatment.
- Consider injection site options: New data presented at CROI 2023 found that CAB/RPV thigh injections have drug levels equivalent to ventrogluteal and dorsogluteal injections.
- For people with BMI>30 on CAB/RPV:
- Here are strategies to consider for people with BMI>30, based on discussion with SF and East Bay HIV clinicians and pharmacists and the updated Ward 86 LAI Protocol:
- Use an oral ART regimen overlapping with the first CAB/RPV injection for the first 2 weeks.
- Use a 2-inch needle or longer to inject the medication into muscle.
- East Bay access and coverage updates
- Sunlenca (lenacapavir) has been a Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit since March 1, 2023, and on the ADAP formulary starting April 25, 2023. Prior authorization is required for ADAP coverage due to its high cost. Sunlenca is available through CVS Specialty Pharmacy.
- Apretude and Cabenuva is covered by Medi-Cal without a prior authorization, and Cabenuva is covered by ADAP without prior authorization. Walgreens Community, AHF, CVS Specialty and Walgreens Alliance pharmacies have Cabenuva ART and Apretude PrEP available.