March 21, 2014
When 26-year-old Adam Zeboski decided to start PrEP, he expected to ramp up his medical visits, figure out an adherence routine, and fit PrEP into his life. What he didn't expect is that his 16 months on PrEP would change him in important ways and turn him into a steadfast advocate of this HIV prevention strategy as an empowering new tool for gay men's health and wellness.
In this frank Q&A, Adam shares his personal experience accessing and using PrEP, how he talks about PrEP with friends and with people he sees in his role as an HIV test counselor, and what surprised him most about making PrEP part of his life.
What got you started thinking about PrEP and whether it might be right for you?
Mostly because some of my own sex partners told me they were on PrEP, and I was curious: "How does it all work?" Over time, I kept seeing the same people who were all on PrEP, so I did my research to learn more about it.
Also, I was in a serodiscordant relationship at the time -- that was another motivation to start PrEP. When that partner and I first met, we talked about PrEP a little bit; I was already considering it but wasn't sure I was ready. He was very encouraging. We had a lot of talks, and we both did our research about the different PrEP studies.
Then I heard that San Francisco City Clinic was enrolling people for the Demo Project. As soon as they started enrolling, I popped in and got the ball rolling. I've now completed the study. I learned a lot from the Demo Project.
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