- November 10, 2014
Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.
Recently, The Advocate and HIV Plus Magazine concluded their #31DaysofPrEP campaign, an in-depth look at Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the HIV prevention strategy that has everybody talking. The month-long series covered plenty of ground, including the benefits and drawbacks of PrEP, common myths about its effects, and possible reasons it hasn’t been more widely accepted.
But in the midst of all that coverage, you might’ve missed some important information. So we’ve put together a list of our six favorite posts from the series:
Although PrEP has garnered more and more media attention in recent months, many people are still unaware of its existence, especially young gay and bisexual men. Thankfully, The Advocate has helpfully “[laid] out some things you should know about the experience of being on PrEP.”
Everyone considering PrEP should talk to a knowledgeable healthcare provider who can help them make the right decision. But this is often easier said than done, especially for LGBT people who may not be comfortable talking to a doctor about issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This post provides a few practical suggestions for starting an otherwise difficult conversation.
PrEP is an exciting, new development in the world of HIV prevention, particularly for people in relationships where one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative. As The Advocate points out, “making the PrEP decision means having conversations about some topics that might be pretty uncomfortable,” which is why we’re grateful for these conversation-starters.
One of the communities that stands to gain the most from widespread acceptance of PrEP is transgender women, who are 49 times more likely to have HIV than the general population. However, more research must be done to investigate the needs of transgender women specifically. Watch a leading HIV researcher highlight the importance of including transgender people in HIV studies.
Despite regularly engaging in safer sex practices than their white counterparts, gay and bisexual men of color continue to be at greater risk for contracting HIV. Read this piece to learn how five men of color are using PrEP to take control of their sexual health. You might even see a familiar face!
To counteract some of PrEP’s more vocal critics, The Advocate profiled 35 high-profile individuals and organizations that have publicly endorsed PrEP. The list includes well-known public health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as note-worthy HIV activists like Peter Staley and Jack Mackenroth. HRC President Chad Griffin also made the list, who said earlier this month in a statement that “there is no reason — medical or otherwise — to discourage individuals from taking control of their sexual health and talking to their doctor about PrEP.”
To help stem the tide and stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its tracks, HRC endorsed Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – an HIV prevention strategy that includes taking anti-HIV medication to significantly reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Read HRC's policy paper supporting PrEP and calling on insurers, regulators, and drug manufacturers to make PrEP available to all medically-qualified individuals, regardless of socioeconomic barriers here.