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Truvada Whores and HIV Prevention: The Queer Communication of PrEP

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@banksy: "Prep is supposed to be used with condoms." But a high percentage of gay/bi men already weren't using condoms consistently. Using PrEP is a vast improvement over no HIV protection at all. Condoms are an important adjunct to protect against other STDs, but even without condoms, PrEP is extremely effective against HIV. And PrEP users are tested for STDs as often as every 3 months, preventing their spread. PrEP is *not* "dangerous behavior." It is proactive sexual health.

June 27, 2016


@bradfordah: Why the focus on HIV? Because it is an incurable, potentially fatal infection. The other STDs you mention, while important, are not. HIV prevention began as a matter of life or death. As for drug-resistant strains: they come from failed ARV treatment of people living with HIV, *not* from PrEP use. There are *no* reports of transmitted resistant strains resulting from PrEP use. When used correctly PrEP prevents infection. Where there's no HIV, there's nothing to become resistant.

June 27, 2016


Hello 3 questions: Will Prep inhibit infection of: Syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, clamydia, crabs, or hepatitis? Why is there nonstop HIV prevention in the gay community yet all of these other STD's are basically ignored? Every time I am confronted with dealing with STDs in the gay community it is solely on HIV... (I'm guessing the answer to my first question is NO) What about the "Prepping" and increasing the chances of drug resistant HIV strains? Thanks !

June 15, 2016 Boston


To whom it may concern, They surely need to change the reference of truvada or prep whores. Its Insulting to everyone Rude, crude and socially unacceptable.

June 8, 2016 Dallas/fortworth


Prep is supposed to be used with condoms. So people using it without them are using prep wrong. People who bareback on prep open themselves up to serious health affecting STDs like Syphillis, Hepatitis etc since it offers 0% protection and even HIV as we've seen on rare occasion It is supremely irresponsible. It's not about "slut shaming" since the issue is not really about sex frequency or monogamy. It is about people who care about themselves avoiding people who engage in dangerous behavior.

June 7, 2016


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