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Phil Gill

Let's Talk About PrEP


Checking In
June 12, 2015

Welcome back, everyone. It's been a while since I've last posted, so I thought I'd check in with you all. I'm doing great as far as my PrEP experience is going. There have been zero side effects to report and I just cannot express how much more at ease life seems to be without that ever present fear of infection hovering over my life. I have my first post-PrEP HIV test coming up in a few weeks, but I feel it will be the least stressful test I have ever had.

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Changing the Message
June 12, 2015

Hey everyone, thanks once again for reading Let's Talk About PrEP. Thought I'd do a little check-in. Seems like it's been a while since I've written. Not too much on the home front to report. I got my prescription refilled, which worked a lot easier than I expected it to. Really, I didn't have to do anything. The medication was shipped to my doctor's office with no action required on my part. I have to say that it was an unexpected, pleasant surprise when I got a call saying my medication was in. Other than that, I'm still feeling great, and I'll be honest, my sex life is healthier and happier than I think it's ever been. It's amazing the great burden that is lifted once you know that protection is in place and the peace of mind that PrEP has brought to both my partner and me.

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Why PrEP?
June 12, 2015

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting Let's Talk About PrEP. This is day 21 of my experience taking Truvada as PrEP and, so far, things are going really well. No side effects to talk about and life seems to be business as usual. So I want to take this opportunity to talk about why I decided to start using PrEP. Now I said in my first post that there would be times I would be discussing my sex life in this blog, and that I would warn you if that were coming, so ... WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! Here it comes. If you happen to be a parental figure in my life, or if you view me as that big or little brother, or if the idea of my sex life makes you uncomfortable, thanks for reading and you probably want to stop reading after this paragraph. Now this is not to say this is going to turn into a pornographic blog by any means, so I don't want to scare anybody off, but what parent really wants to read anything about their son's sex life?

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Jumping Through Hoops
May 20, 2015

Hey everyone, I hope your new year has started off well! I know mine has. (I mean aside from the frigid temperatures and the several inches of snow St. Louis is experiencing today). So far, aside from the hangover morning I blogged about earlier, I have experienced zero physical side effects while on PrEP. But I wanted to take this snow day and check in and also talk about my process getting my PrEP prescription.

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Holy Hangover, Batman!
May 20, 2015

OK, so I admit it, at times I forget that my frat boy, college days are well behind me. I'm not that same boy who would drink Jack Daniels just as easily as water (and did it on a fairly regular basis). But there are nights I still like to go out and have a few drinks and at least reminisce about the glory days at Hugh's Jungle Room (a biker/karaoke bar in Des Moines). Last night was one of those nights. I was out having a drink ... or several drinks ... and enjoying some local drag. I brought my TRUVADA with me since I have begun to take it at 10:30 at night and want to remain consistent with that choice. At 10:30 I took the medication and carried on with the rest of my night, not thinking too much of it since I read every piece of information that came with my medication, and nowhere in any of the information did I see any warning about interaction with alcohol.

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Who Are You? And What Is PrEP?
May 20, 2015

Hello everybody and thank you for reading the very first entry in my blog, "Let's Talk About PrEP," a blog chronicling my experiences using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Through this blog I plan to cover several topics including: Why I chose to go on PrEP, The process of attaining PrEP, the stigma that goes along with being on PrEP, and my own personal journey as I use PrEP. I also would love for this blog to be a resource for others. I have decided to begin this blog right from the very start of my journey so I can create the most complete picture of the PrEP experience possible.

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Phil Gill

Phil Gill

An actor, a teacher, a bartender, a student, and a partner in a magnetic couple, Philip wears a lot of hats in his life. He started taking PrEP on 12/26/13 in an effort to keep himself protected from HIV. He decided to document his experiences in order to help those interested in PrEP.

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