05/27/2014 04:42 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Robert Levithan, AIDS Activist, On The Use Of Controversial HIV Prevention Drug Truvada

Longtime AIDS activist Robert Levithan revealed his thoughts on controversial HIV prevention drug Truvada in an interview with HuffPost Live this week.

"I think it's a good thing," Levithan, who is the author of THE NEW 60: Outliving Yourself and Reinventing a Future, said. "I think anything that makes people more aware and willing to be tested and know their status ... the real risk is people who don't know their status."

He went on to note, "If people are afraid to know, they don't take care of themselves, and if they're willing to know, they will take care of themselves. More information is only a good thing."

Among those who've been critical of Truvada is AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, who told the Associated Press, "Let's be honest: It's a party drug."

Pioneering activist and "Normal Heart" playwright Larry Kramer felt similarly, telling The New York Times: "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."