Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men with Our AIDS Tragedy
In his latest blog, Mark S. King writes:
"Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980′s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS…I often write about him, the first of many friends lost to the epidemic.
But there’s something I will not do. I will not dig up Lesley’s body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley didn’t perish so I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn’t a cautionary tale. He wasn’t a martyr. He was a man with the same passions and faults as anyone else, and I won’t use his death as a blunt instrument.”
PrEP involves the use of any anti-HIV agent before, during and usually after sex to prevent infection. Today, PrEP refers primarily to taking the HIV treatment Truvada every day along with using condoms. What we know about PrEP is that even in people who don’t use condoms regularly, it can work amazingly well if taken exactly as prescribed. Two studies have found that daily use could be almost 100-percent effective.
Treatment News: PrEP Did Not Increase Sexual Risks in Study of Gay Men
Pre exposure prophylaxis, in which an HIV antiretrovirals are taken daily by HIV-negative people at high risk for infection, has been shown in recent research with MSM to significantly lower the risk of transmission. A major concern, however, is that those taking PrEP will consider themselves more invincible to infection and might take more sexual risks. This study says otherwise.
ACT UP New York has called out the city health department on not spending significant resources on HIV testing and prevention for gay men by way of PEP and PrEP. Seems they’ve begun to listen.
ACT UP New York Demands Better Local HIV Prevention Efforts
ACT UP NY protested yesterday outside the Queens offices of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Click here to find out why.
This is a time to educate the public about promising HIV prevention research, including vaginal and rectal microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Related events are being held nationwide.
For more info, click here.
Navigating Treatment as Prevention
From our latest issue. People with HIV who take antiretrovirals may lower their chance of spreading the virus by 96 percent. Or is it 26 (or even 100)? Trenton Straube breaks it down.
Yes, we have condoms. But what else works to prevent HIV?
Anna Forbes and Jim Pickett delve into the sticky topic of new/alternative HIV prevention methods on POZ Opinion.