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Word on the Street: PrEP Use by Gay and Bisexual Men

October 16, 2012

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Rob Newells

Rob Newells

Oakland, Calif.

I think it's good to have options for HIV-negative people to stay negative. I've been hearing a lot of community concern about whether or not it's affordable and practical when there are so many people that need treatment that don't have access to it already: Is it appropriate to treat negative people when positive people still need treatment? So there are some questions about it.

There are also questions about toxicity of the drugs. I was on Truvada and had to come off because it was affecting my kidneys. So I wonder, long-term, how safe it really is for people that don't "need" it.





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Comment by: Deibster (Provincetown, MA) Tue., May. 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm EDT
Don't forget, Tenofovir, it's In Truvada, causes Permanent Kidney Damage in 5% of the people who take it.
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Comment by: Joshua (Los Angeles) 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!
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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 (New Jersey) 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.
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Comment by: Andy (Seattle) 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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