Is sending username + password in a https secure?

I understand (on a simple level) the key exchange etc that happens in SSL handshake but what I need to know is that if I called in a GET e.g.
Would the username and password actually be encrpted and 'safe' en route or would they be visible on the way as they get sent before the handshake.  Or does the browser make the connection and handshake first to the url then make another call with the complete URL?

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The GET parameters would be encrypted after the handshake, but you should be aware of other security concerns. Here is a great article:

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