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Why PrEP?
By Phil Gill
June 12, 2015

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting Let's Talk About PrEP. This is day 21 of my experience taking Truvada as PrEP and, so far, things are going really well. No side effects to talk about and life seems to be business as usual. So I want to take this opportunity to talk about why I decided to start using PrEP. Now I said in my first post that there would be times I would be discussing my sex life in this blog, and that I would warn you if that were coming, so ... WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! Here it comes. If you happen to be a parental figure in my life, or if you view me as that big or little brother, or if the idea of my sex life makes you uncomfortable, thanks for reading and you probably want to stop reading after this paragraph. Now this is not to say this is going to turn into a pornographic blog by any means, so I don't want to scare anybody off, but what parent really wants to read anything about their son's sex life?

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Every Survivor Counts
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
June 8, 2015

I am grateful for this National HIV/AIDS Long Term Survivors Awareness Day! It has given me time to reflect on my journey.

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Living With Intent
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
June 3, 2015

Now that I'm well into my 50s, there seems to be no turning back. I'm doing what I should have done in my 30s and for sure when I started to see my 40s that is, live with intent. Well, I sort of lived with very limited intent for 20 years plus, that is, to tell my story to as many people as possible before I died. It was a lofty goal that I did very well. I mean I have spoken at literally hundreds of venues from colleges, churches, high schools and conferences. The only thing is that this goal was single focused and connected to death. Then, I didn't die. Limbo!

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The Odds of Love
By Mark S. King
May 27, 2015

This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth.

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The Problem With Pride and Shame
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
May 25, 2015

Pride and shame will kill you and your spirit. This I know to be true. And it does not matter the circumstance. These two emotions have the ability to create chaos in your life, from your health, to your job and dating. These two will lead you down a path that adds absolutely no value to your life. It's like this: For years, I kept my HIV status a secret because I didn't want to be judged. I was more afraid of what people thought of me, over and above trying to live my best life with HIV.

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Reflecting on 53!
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
May 22, 2015

Of course, when I was younger, I thought, by this age, I would be married with at least one child and a dog. I had it all planned out, so I thought. I would be this big-time political organizer working on important electoral campaigns across this country. Back then, I had goals like many young women. I believed with hard work you could achieve anything you want. Yep, my goals were written in gold, so I thought. I would get a Ph.D. in political science and I would be the "go-to" woman for important matters on the American political scene.

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Jumping Through Hoops
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope your new year has started off well! I know mine has. (I mean aside from the frigid temperatures and the several inches of snow St. Louis is experiencing today). So far, aside from the hangover morning I blogged about earlier, I have experienced zero physical side effects while on PrEP. But I wanted to take this snow day and check in and also talk about my process getting my PrEP prescription.

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Holy Hangover, Batman!
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

OK, so I admit it, at times I forget that my frat boy, college days are well behind me. I'm not that same boy who would drink Jack Daniels just as easily as water (and did it on a fairly regular basis). But there are nights I still like to go out and have a few drinks and at least reminisce about the glory days at Hugh's Jungle Room (a biker/karaoke bar in Des Moines). Last night was one of those nights. I was out having a drink ... or several drinks ... and enjoying some local drag. I brought my TRUVADA with me since I have begun to take it at 10:30 at night and want to remain consistent with that choice. At 10:30 I took the medication and carried on with the rest of my night, not thinking too much of it since I read every piece of information that came with my medication, and nowhere in any of the information did I see any warning about interaction with alcohol.

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Who Are You? And What Is PrEP?
By Phil Gill
May 20, 2015

Hello everybody and thank you for reading the very first entry in my blog, "Let's Talk About PrEP," a blog chronicling my experiences using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Through this blog I plan to cover several topics including: Why I chose to go on PrEP, The process of attaining PrEP, the stigma that goes along with being on PrEP, and my own personal journey as I use PrEP. I also would love for this blog to be a resource for others. I have decided to begin this blog right from the very start of my journey so I can create the most complete picture of the PrEP experience possible.

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Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Vote for the Recommendations Most Vital to Women With HIV!

May 20, 2015

Can you believe it's been almost FIVE YEARS since the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released in July 2010?

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