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San Francisco May Be First City To Give Out Free HIV-Prevention Pills

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living

The day after San Francisco supervisor Scott Wiener came “out of the PrEP closet” on The Huffington Post as a user of the revolutionary HIV-preven...

Coming Out of the PrEP Closet

Scott Wiener | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wiener

I recently decided to be public about my use of PrEP in order to raise awareness about this relatively new tool for preventing HIV. It's important to encourage people at risk for HIV to talk to their medical providers about all the tools and methods available for preventing infection, including PrEP, and to choose the methods that are best for them.

Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

If you make an informed decision to practice barebacking, then so be it. I can't say I will never do the same. However, short-term pleasure, a sense of belonging, and the excitement of abandoning homonormative sociosexual practices cannot be divorced from either a willful rejection of long-term health or a romanticized concept of what HIV infection leads to.

World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | Posted 09.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jaga N.A. Argentum

Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."

Anti-PrEP Scare Tactics

Peter Staley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Anti-PrEP hysteria is hitting new lows, with attempts to frighten early adopters of Truvada PrEP, the pill that is highly effective at blocking HIV infections.

HIV: Two Steps Forward and Just One Step Back

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

HIV care, treatment and research seem to be more often taking two steps forward with each step back. For the first few decades after HIV was isolated and characterized, we far too often took two steps backward with each step forward.

Truvada and the Case for Condom Use

Renato Barucco | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

Here we go again: to PrEP or not to PrEP?

The Neverending Epidemic: And How We Can End It

Jim Eigo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Eigo

With the recent release of its Clinical Guidelines for PrEP, and a new campaign to encourage at-risk populations to talk about sex, CDC might be poised for a more activist role in HIV prevention.

The HIV Equal Campaign and a Half Century of Gay Sex

David Toussaint | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
David Toussaint

You wouldn't have known that an HIV test awaited you from the red carpet entrance and the group of photographers perched outside, waiting for Sandra...

Concerned about Public Health? Stop Fighting PrEP

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Let's face it: The reason this therapy is even battling criticism is because it stirs up people's feelings about promiscuity, not because it's ineffective.

Porn Producer Speaks Out On How PrEP HIV Prevention Pills Could Affect The Industry

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially encouraged the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications as a method of HIV pre...

New CDC PrEP Guidelines Could Transform HIV Prevention

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

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.

It's About Time You Heard About PrEP...and Started Spreading the Word

Daniel Vaillancourt | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Vaillancourt

In my humble opinion, it's time more people began hearing about PrEP, spreading the word so that we can all start stopping the spread of HIV. PrEP sta...

PrEP Yourself: Making Better Sense of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Debate

Daniel O'Neill | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Neill

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.

Unconditional Love and PrEP

James Loduca | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Loduca

Progress isn't possible when shame is present. It's time for a more humane and loving approach. We must come together to foster compassionate dialogue grounded in scientific evidence about all of the available options to protect ourselves and take care of each other.

Why I Started a Petition to Remove the Head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Eric Paul Leue | Posted 06.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Paul Leue

I have nothing against Weinstein as a person, nor do I mean to devalue his past achievements or the AHF in general. I simply question his role as a leader of an HIV organization and as an influential public figure on HIV issues.

Stop Bludgeoning Young Gay Men With Our AIDS Tragedy

Mark S. King | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark S. King

Lesley was my closest friend to become sick in the 1980s, and he fought bravely until his death from AIDS. I will not dig up Lesley's body and beat young gay men with his corpse. Lesley did not perish so that I could use him as a scare tactic. He wasn't a cautionary tale. He wasn't a martyr.

PrEP Should Be a Fast Idea, Not a Slow One

David Evans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
David Evans

We write this post out of fear that without a significant shift in thinking about HIV prevention, PrEP, which refers primarily to taking the HIV treatment Truvada every day to prevent infection, will be a "slow idea," resulting in thousands of people unnecessarily becoming infected with HIV.

Truvada Truths: The Money's in the Medicine

Steve Drum | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Drum

Truvada is just one of the family of HIV drugs produced by Gilead Sciences, which medicates about 75 percent of people treated for HIV, and all of those treatment regimens retail between $1,000 and $2,500 for 30 tablets.

How I Didn't Get AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

Most of my young gay friends are uninterested in the history of my membership in ACT UP, but a few, like Jake, are curious, even insistent. I answer their questions and try to explain what it was like to be 25 in the East Village in 1989.

Beyond the Hype: PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

The clinical trial finding that a once-daily pill halved HIV infection among people who inject drugs in Thailand is an important development in HIV prevention science, and brings welcome attention to a group often excluded from clinical trials.

Bravery Tapes: Garifuna Courage in the Face of HIV

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Jens Erik Gould

In the Garifuna communities of Honduras, it's an act of courage to admit to being HIV positive. With a grant from the Pulitzer Center, photographer David Rochkind and I interviewed people who overcame fear and discrimination to go public with their diagnosis and help educate others.

3 Things to Know About PrEP for HIV

Renato Barucco | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Renato Barucco

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a fantastic opportunity -- as resource in the ever growing tool box of HIV prevention.

There's No Shame In PrEP

Alex Garner | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Alex Garner

You have to ask yourself if you are truly committed to combatting stigma. If you aren't, if you want to wield stigma as a weapon to impose your point of view, then you are part of the problem. To stigmatize PrEP or the people who take it will only lead to more HIV infections.

What May Help Military Couples Overcome Infidelity

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Following infidelity, most couples wonder: is there any way to recover from this injury to the relationship and save the marriage?