Word on the Street: PrEP Use by Gay and Bisexual Men
October 16, 2012
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the HIV medication Truvada for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help prevent HIV infections in certain cases, the issue of PrEP leaves the HIV/AIDS community divided. While some hail the drug's arrival as another effective tool towards HIV prevention, others raise concerns as to whether the downsides outweigh the upsides. Moreover, some from the gay community fear that a rise in use of PrEP could lead to less condom usage and more risky behavior.
We asked a diverse group of attendees at this year's International AIDS Conference, "What are your views on the use of PrEP by gay and bisexual men?"
Comment by: Joshua
Wed., Apr. 17, 2013 at 11:26 am EDT
I can’t begin to tell you how relieved—ecstatic actually—I am that the intimacy of m2m sex has been restored! For so many years those of us who are positive already were told that even in our misfortune we must nevertheless wear a penis “burqa” while expressing our passions. Being a skeptic by nature, it quickly became apparent to me that we were being lied to by those who claimed condoms could be eroticized, or that they could ever even remotely allow the conveyance of the lustful, subtle, stars-exploding enjoyment of skin on skin sex. I turned to porn for awhile but found that even it was ruined when a scene staged to imply the action was spontaneous had all the participants wearing rubbers! For me, porn is supposed to be a way of indulging our fantasies, not of reminding us of the bitter realities we face on a daily basis. The technology exists and porn is a profitable enough industry, that even if condoms are used on a set they should not be seen or even hinted at on video or in photos. Nothing is so quickly withering as watching two hot, hunky men simulating copulation when their sex organs aren’t even touching. Anyway, to get the point, I’m so relieve PrEP is here I think we should designate a holiday to celebrate it!
Comment by: Edwin Dia z
Tue., Apr. 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm EDT
I think that the more preventive care there is the less exposure there is on the spread of HIV.So I welcome all the preventive care posible for better safer sex.
Comment by: Andy
Sat., Dec. 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm EST
As a Next PrEP research participant, I have noticed myself feeling safer with taking the meds, even though they suggest still using condoms and that the meds aren't 100% effective. Intellectually, I know this. I understand this. My attitude has slowly been changing though. I think PrEP gives the patient a false sense of security. I have been taking more risks and have been using condoms less, because in the back of my head I feel protected by PrEP. For this reason, I think PrEP isn't going to be helpful.
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