Word on the Street: PrEP Use by Gay and Bisexual Men
October 16, 2012
CEO, AIDS Alabama
Well, you know, I think that PrEP and all of the other biomedical interventions are fabulous. You know, in my opinion, it gives us one more tool in the toolbox. And, while I'm very excited about the science, I also am very grounded in the reality that, in places like Alabama, we don't even have enough funding to buy medications for people living with HIV disease. We have a waiting list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. So, I want everyone to have access to whatever means they can reach to prevent HIV infections, so I don't want to come off that "I'm opposed to PrEP." I'm not. I think, for people who know they're in a high risk situation, it's a wonderful tool. But, I do want our government to prioritize people living with HIV, as well, so that we don't have waiting lists.
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: LOL
Sat., Jun. 7, 2014 at 12:48 am EDT If you think PrEP is going to fix the stigma problem, or the expectation that you wear a condom, I've got beachfront property in Arizona I'd like to sell you. The PrEP users I've met have been hypochondriacs who won't get within ten feet of a disclosing poz guy, not valiant serodiscordants.
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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