The comments and likes exploded. . .not quite viral but many voices all around the country participating.
Oh MY GOD!
Gay men, you need to be knowledgeable about your bodies and sex. This isn't a game out here.
If you don't know what Prep is, learn about it. (Long story short) Pre-exposure
Prophylaxis (PrEP) Truvada is a drug used to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. Lots of studies have shown it can be anywhere between 63% - 89% effective depending on how you take it.
Yes, even with Prep and a condom you can still get other viruses and infections but there are tactics out there to keep you safe from HIV along with most other infections and viruses.
Some of the comments on this post about people who take Prep Truvada are:
1. They are men who are HIV positive.
2. People who stole the drug from someone who is HIV positive and thinks it will help them (not joking)
3. Trying to spread the virus.
4. So unaware of it that they think it does not work. (Some one said, "That doesn't exist!")
5. Only gay men. When really that's just the population it is currently being geared toward.
Then people who know about it educate and dissuade:
1. One guy explained what it was then told the original reply that they shouldn't take it cause it was not 100% effective.
2. Most people refer to it as birth control but a lot of the knowledgeable posters would argue that it is only if you take it once a day, which is also not true. It can be effective even if taken three times a week. . . Google people!!
3. One person commented and said that he was on it and was glad other people knew about it. That turned into every calling him slut. He didn't even say he didn't wear condoms. He said he was a bottom and it made him feel safer. . .
4. A lot of people also had the misinformation that cheating doesn't exist in monogamous relationships. Most couples I know don't use condoms. Most couples I know have also cheated. A drug like this can help ease the worry of getting this life altering virus. Monogamy doesn't mean safe. Safe is no sex at all. The second you decide to have sex you're at risk NO MATTER the circumstances. Nothing is 100% except for abstinence.
5. Some poster said he knew what it was but he doesn't believe it and would refuse to sleep with anyone who takes it. . . (There were about three people who said this, implying that he thinks the people who take it are whores),
6. Another guy commented on how he takes it coupled with condoms and it makes him feel safer. Someone replied that he was an idiot. . .another replied and said he was nasty. . .another said he is gross. . .another said that he should just find a boyfriend.
I know some of this has to do with the way people take to each other online but it's fascinating how little people actually know about the drug.
Yes, we don't know all the long term side effects, though we do some of the short side effects. Even birth control has the potential for side effects. We also know it does protect us from HPV or herpes, but condoms don't protect against those definitively either. Skin to skin contact folks.
Every time I talk about Prep with people it is completely shunned and seen as something negative. I know (some) older gays think it's basically a sex drug or that condoms are the only way in preventing HIV. Condoms can break folks. . .not likely but they can.
The virus can also be transmitted through oral sex. . .
Prep is another layer of protection. Taking it doesn't mean you're a slut, or a whore or even that you dislike safe sex. As gay men the only safe sex we can control is our own. You can't trust people or your partners. (Harsh but true, it's called know YOUR status) Knowing your status is only good till the next time you might engage in risky sex. So, take the precautions you need to feel safer but ADD THIS TO YOUR REGIMEN. Use condoms, GET THE HPV VACCINE, take Prep, get tested often (for everything) and have sex as much as you would like and as often.