Peter Staley: Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics Hitting New Highs
In what almost became a story in The New York Times, someone used the new and highly popular social media app called “Secret” to freak out its many gay users. He claimed that after using PrEP every day for over six months, he had just tested positive for HIV, and he included lots of specifics about his testing history and current doctor visits.
But a few days later, after a couple of Times follow-ups and scientific fact-checks by other users on the app, the guy deleted the entire thread.
Totally Trolled. Damage Done. Now, What’s the Point of this Fear-Mongering?

Peter Staley: Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics Hitting New Highs

In what almost became a story in The New York Times, someone used the new and highly popular social media app called “Secret” to freak out its many gay users. He claimed that after using PrEP every day for over six months, he had just tested positive for HIV, and he included lots of specifics about his testing history and current doctor visits.

But a few days later, after a couple of Times follow-ups and scientific fact-checks by other users on the app, the guy deleted the entire thread.

Totally Trolled. Damage Done. Now, What’s the Point of this Fear-Mongering?

It’s Time to ‘Step Up the Pace’ Against Global HIVLet’s get real: Controlling the epidemic is a more realistic goal than reaching for the aspirational “end of AIDS.” 
That means ensuring, at the least, that each new HIV case leads to an average of less than one new case. Mathematical modeling of the epidemic suggests that the scientifically proven interventions of male circumcision, early treatment of HIV and PrEP, when tailored to specific populations, could collectively help reduce the average of 3 “onward transmissions” down to one.

It’s Time to ‘Step Up the Pace’ Against Global HIV

Let’s get real: Controlling the epidemic is a more realistic goal than reaching for the aspirational “end of AIDS.”

That means ensuring, at the least, that each new HIV case leads to an average of less than one new case.

Mathematical modeling of the epidemic suggests that the scientifically proven interventions of male circumcision, early treatment of HIV and PrEP, when tailored to specific populations, could collectively help reduce the average of 3 “onward transmissions” down to one.

100% Efficacy for Gays Who Adhered in PrEP Study; But Most Couldn’t Keep Up
This new study is the first to show results from what is known as a demonstration project, which examines medication use outside the rigid confines of a placebo-controled randomized controlled trial. That means these findings are a somewhat better prediction of PrEP’s effects in a real-world setting…..

100% Efficacy for Gays Who Adhered in PrEP Study; But Most Couldn’t Keep Up

This new study is the first to show results from what is known as a demonstration project, which examines medication use outside the rigid confines of a placebo-controled randomized controlled trial. That means these findings are a somewhat better prediction of PrEP’s effects in a real-world setting…..

Media Bungles Another HIV Story
In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.
It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

Media Bungles Another HIV Story

In a rash of inaccurate and hyperbolic reporting, numerous press outlets (from the Atlantic to Joe. My. God.’s blog) misreported over the weekend that WHO wants all gay men to take PrEP.

It’s really just a recommendation. Here are the facts on the announcement.

We Did the Math: What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

The authors of a pair of new studies have created mathematical models to show how a small per-act risk of HIV transmission can translate to more substantial long-term risk after many sexual acts.

NOTE: While these studies’ findings can’t be applied to individual circumstances and aren’t necessarily an exact roadmap to navigating risk, they do teach important lessons about how to think about risk.

Study: Most Gay Men Don’t Realize How Easy it Is To Get HIV-Prevention PillsDone any of the following things over the past 3 months:Had unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive partnerHad anal sex with three or more menHad transactional ($$) sexHad bareback anal sex with a partner whose HIV status is unknownor, Had an STD diagnosis in the past 6 months ??
You can get PrEP (Unless you work for Hobby Lobby, I guess….)

Study: Most Gay Men Don’t Realize How Easy it Is To Get HIV-Prevention Pills

Done any of the following things over the past 3 months:

Had unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive partner
Had anal sex with three or more men
Had transactional ($$) sex
Had bareback anal sex with a partner whose HIV status is unknown
or, Had an STD diagnosis in the past 6 months ??

You can get PrEP (Unless you work for Hobby Lobby, I guess….)

POZ Opinion: Why PrEP Isn’t For Cowards
According to Larry Kramer, anyone who takes pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs to prevent HIV infection “…has got to have rocks in their heads. There’s something to me cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom. You’re taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.”
But Damon Jacobs, an HIV-negative gay therapist who’s been taking PrEP since 2011 & a growing list of other self-empowered #TruvadaWhores have some serious bones to pick.

POZ Opinion: Why PrEP Isn’t For Cowards

According to Larry Kramer, anyone who takes pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs to prevent HIV infection “…has got to have rocks in their heads. There’s something to me cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom. You’re taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.”

But Damon Jacobs, an HIV-negative gay therapist who’s been taking PrEP since 2011 & a growing list of other self-empowered #TruvadaWhores have some serious bones to pick.