Word on the Street: PrEP Use by Gay and Bisexual Men
October 16, 2012
Dawn Averitt Bridge
Founder, Well Project
Well, I think that PrEP is an incredibly exciting new advancement. I think we have great data in gay and bisexual men. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of information about how best to use PrEP in women, and I think that that's a very important, and an essential, area for further research. We've really got to know, not only how do we use it, but how often should we use it? How should it be prescribed? And, who should be managing it? And that's true for gay and bisexual men, as well. There's a whole lot of implementation questions that I think are really important. But, as a women's advocate, and an HIV-positive woman, I am definitely very concerned that we don't have as much information as I'd like to have on how best to use PrEP and where it's most applicable.
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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