The hookup scene is much more prominent in the gay community. Maybe that’s because of all the extra testosterone in a male on male situation or maybe it’s because relationships were so frowned upon in previous years that casual sex became much more the norm. Either way, the desire to hookup with someone in the community can be quickly turned off when STD statistics start flying, the scariest of which is HIV.
“One in five gay/bisexual men in 21 U.S. cities have HIV infections — and nearly half don’t know it, a CDC survey finds.”
“By the end of 2011, an estimated 311,087 gay and bisexual men with AIDS had died in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic, representing 47% of all deaths of persons with AIDS” I don’t need to throw scary statistics like this at anyone for them to realize that Aids is a very real problem, even in America; I need to convince you to inconvenience yourself enough to take a pill everyday.
Let’s start with your excuses why you shouldn’t take this pill. 1) I don’t do random hookups 2) I always where a condom 3) I only don’t use condoms with people who I know are negative. 4) I can’t consistently remember to take a pill everyday 5) I can’t afford it.
You don’t have random hookups. Truvada isn’t just a resource for whores, swingers, or other non monogamous people. While getting HIV may be profoundly more likely through sex, it is not the only way to contract it. It also does not matter whether you have 5 or 500 sexuals partners, it only takes one person who has the disease to pass it on to you.
You always wear a condom. If this were the case, accidental pregnancys wouldn’t happen. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself. One drink too many, one slip of the mind, can you honestly say it’s never happened? Even if you’re a god and never once have sex without a condom, they aren’t infallible. Condoms wear. Condoms break. Double that likely hood if you are partaking in anal activities.
You only have sex with people who are negative. The scariest thing you will ever hear during an HIV scare, is that they can’t even detect it for up to three months and that during those three months you are more contagious than any other time. Even if your partner and you know your stats, you could easily be in this window and test negative while transmitting the disease. This isn’t an oops, I’ll get it next time.
You can’t remember to take a pill every day. Think about this. You can’t remember a pill everyday, but you’re never going to forget a condom? Even if you only take it half the days in a month, you are still almost 60% more unlikely to get HIV passed to you. I really can’t find a negative here.
You can’t afford it. There are countless programs giving away this pill. There are even programs that can do your initial testing for free. If you can afford a pack of condoms, then you can afford to value your life and sexuality enough to take a pill that can literally save your life.
For those of you who are less skeptical, here’s what you need to know. Prep is a pill you take once a day for the rest of your life. It is 92% effective in lab testing and 99% in real life cases. It may also help lessen your chances for other diseases such as herpes. Prep works by stopping the reproduction of viruses. So even when exposed to HIV, the virus is unable to spread and take over the immune system. Prep comes with minimal side effects including the possibility of decreased bone density, decreased but still in normal ranges liver function, and initial stomach or intestinal discomfort.
You don’t need to be a party boy to take Prep. You don’t need to be gay to take Prep. You don’t need to be male to take Prep. You don’t need to have a lot of sexual partners to take Prep. You need to make a single decision. If we stop buying into stigmas, step up, and choose to take a pill once a day, we could irridicate a disease that has killed more than 35 million people.