In 2003, I learned I was HIV-positive on a return visit to Zambia. In that moment I felt entirely hopeless as my mother had just recently passed away, too. I had the support of my family and those that I worked with, but no guarantee for my future. Would I, too, be part of the lost generation in Zambia?
The new CDC guidelines build on a review of the data from several studies in recent years that showed that HIV-uninfected individuals who take specific antiretroviral medications -- a practice known as pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (aka "PrEP") -- could significantly lower their risk of becoming infected.
Fighting amongst ourselves does nothing to advance the discussion and bring greater clarity to ending HIV. MIchael Weinstein's comments about Truvada being a "party drug" may have been flippant and imprecise, but in that sense he is no guiltier than those who flatly promote PrEP as "90- to 99-percent effective" without clarifying that such rates of risk reduction are hypothetical.