My Life On PrEP

The Time For Debate is Over. The Time to Implement PrEP is Now.

So much has changed since when I began writing this column last October. When I started “My Life on PrEP,” most people were wholly unfamiliar with the concept and its implications for HIV prevention. Apart from the spiteful attempts of AIDS Healthcare Foundation director Michael Weinstein to do everything in his power to kill it, […]
My Life On PrEP

Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia, Oh My!

One of the most consistent criticisms of this column over the past six months has been that some perceive me to be taking STIs other than HIV for granted. Like the birth control pill for women, Truvada doesn’t protect against anything but HIV. So if PrEP promotion is correlated with condomless sex, wouldn’t it necessarily […]
My Life On PrEP

Stop and Go PrEP: Will it Work?

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the question of when somebody taking PrEP might consider discontinuing its use. A few readers e-mailed me to ask a related but different question: what if you stopped taking Truvada when you weren’t having sex, and started taking it again later? Scientists call such an approach “intermittent” […]
My Life On PrEP

Putting the Nail in the Coffin of Condom-Only HIV Prevention

Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes. For over thirty years, condoms have been our only lifesavers in the face of HIV. Gay men invented their promotion at a time when death was the only seeming alternative. When treatment did not exist. When Kaposi’s sarcoma was a visible reminder of the epidemic. It […]
My Life On PrEP

The Unexpected Struggle to Make Doctors Allies in PrEP

If you had asked me back in September when I started writing this column what I thought the biggest obstacles facing PrEP would be, it would not have immediately occurred to me to add doctors to the list. Of all the various parties that need to be onboard for PrEP to actually do much to […]
Fucking the Future
My Life On PrEP

Fucking the Future

Every year around the New Year, a friend of mine— we’ll call him Thomas—gives a presentation about the sex he had during the previous 365 days. It’s a geeky-whore mix of PowerPoint slides and statistics, as well as steamy photos and lurid anecdotes. Every year for the past six years Thomas has set aside time […]
My Life On PrEP

That Barebacking Thief-Whore: PrEP and Responsibility

I’m fast approaching the four-month anniversary of “My Life on PrEP,” a milestone that I imagine equal parts of you are either thrilled or disgusted to see pass. You’ve made your views about me and my ideas plain, which I have honestly appreciated. One of the wonders of the internet is that guys who would […]
My Life On PrEP

No, Seriously—Quit Saying ‘Unprotected Sex’

Author’s Note: When this column was written Wednesday, the study’s “Zero Feet Away” report was not publicly available. Jake received a copy of the report Thursday, just as this column was about to go to print. The link is included in the story below. Last week, The Huffington Post did their usual job of fanning […]
My Life On PrEP

Transforming Reluctance Into Action: Getting Positive About PrEP

One of the things that I’ve always found somewhat maddening about the public discussion about PrEP is the downright reluctance—nay, pussyfooting—that colors so much of it. It seems nobody is allowed to speak about PrEP without adding a slew of conditions. PrEP “might” be right for you. PrEP “could” be a good option. I don’t […]
PrEP...Forever? When Do You Stop Taking PrEP
My Life On PrEP

PrEP…Forever? When Do You Stop Taking PrEP

I was sitting with a group of friends in San Francisco talking excitedly about PrEP last weekend. San Francisco’s demonstration projects have begun enrolling, and the word is on the street. Indeed, since SF was one of the cities where participants were recruited for the original iPReX study that determined that PrEP was so highly […]
Tips And Tricks For PrEP
My Life On PrEP

Tips And Tricks For PrEP

Taking a pill once a day seems straightforward enough. Pill, mouth – bam! But as anyone who has been faced with that task knows, it can be more of a pain that you might think. Sometimes you forget – or you just can’t remember if you’ve already taken it. Now that I’m on my fifth […]
My Life On PrEP

Does PrEP Have Side Effects?

I brought my pills to work for three days while waiting for my HIV test results. I was eager to start taking Truvada for PrEP, but I knew that I needed to wait for my HIV test results to come back to confirm that I was HIV-negative before I began popping them. My doctor had […]
My Life On PrEP

Does Taking PrEP Make Me A Whore?

Hooking up online is always a tricky game of disclosure. You’ve got to show enough of your best assets to turn your audience on without coming across as a desperate slut. Nevermind the fact that most of us online are a) somewhat desperate; and, b) by most standards, extremely promiscuous. It’s all about the fantasy. […]
Feeling Deja Vu: PrEP As The New Condom
My Life On PrEP

Feeling Deja Vu: PrEP As The New Condom

Back in the 1980s when gay men in New York were dying left and right from an unidentified disease, a group of activists took a stand to argue for condoms. We didn’t know what was causing AIDS at the time – HIV hadn’t yet been identified – but that didn’t stop AIDS activists Michael Callen […]
Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys
My Life On PrEP

Learning To Fuck With Poz Guys

A few months before I started taking Truvada for PrEP, I got hit up on Manhunt by a gorgeous HIV-positive guy who wanted to fuck me bare. He was frank about it, telling me that his viral load was undetectable and had been for years and that he wouldn’t cum inside me. In all honesty, […]
Your Guide To Getting PrEP For Free (In The US)
My Life On PrEP

Your Guide To Getting PrEP For Free (In The US)

In my column last week, I discussed my experience getting PrEP covered by my private health insurance. But I know many of you folks out there don’t have health insurance. Don’t fret: There are several ways you can get your hands on PrEP without shelling out any dough. Actually, for some of you in urban […]
My Life On PrEP

How I Got PrEP Covered By Private Health Insurance

As one of the lucky people in the United States whose employer provides comprehensive health insurance, let me just preface this column by saying I know a lot of you guys out there aren’t as fortunate. I’m not ignoring you; the next column will be about how to access PrEP through publicly funded clinical trials […]
My Life On PrEP

My Life On PrEP

Editor’s note: PrEP is an HIV prevention option currently available in the U.S. and Truvada is the medication prescribed. PrEP can be a complex issue that raises a number of questions. I wanted to provide a column that captured someone’s authentic experience around PrEP. I wanted it to be honest and frank because issues of […]

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