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Truvada vs. Descovy: Which Is Better for PrEP?

All over the U.S., people taking PrEP are being urged to go with Descovy instead of Truvada. Our HIV prevention expert answers the question: Is it worthwhile to make the switch?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.
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My Son Is Living With HIV and Won't Take His Medications. How Do I Help Him?

A parent is concerned because their son is living with HIV but won't take his medication. Here, clinical social worker Nathaniel Currie offers his professional advice.

By Nathaniel Currie, D.S.W., LCSW
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Can I Be Re-Infected With Another Strain of HIV Through Oral Sex?

Doctors have speculated on the possibility of a "superbug" or a "superinfection" since HIV was discovered in the 1980s. But are these concerns legitimate and valid in real-world situations?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.
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My Son Paid a Woman for Sex. What's His Risk for HIV?

My 22-year-old son recently informed me that he lost his virginity with a woman who charged him. He told me the sex was protected with a latex condom. He received unprotected oral sex as well.

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

HIV Fears Two Years After Unprotected Receptive Anal Sex: What If HIV Tests Were Wrong?

Two years ago, I had unprotected receptive anal sex with someone whose HIV status I don't know. I was tested at three weeks (with a fourth-generation test), and it was negative.

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.
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I'm on PrEP, but I Swallowed Someone's Semen. Am I at Risk for HIV?

Q: I have been on PrEP for close to a year. A week ago, I sucked a person two times, they came in my mouth, and I swallowed twice. Now I'm super anxious, even though I'm on PrEP. What if I get infected?

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.
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My Friend Is Living With HIV. How Can I Help Them Stay Healthy?

Q: A friend of mine told me he had HIV. Is there anything I need to do, like when he comes to my home, so that he doesn't get sick?

By Nathaniel Currie, D.S.W., LCSW