Towleroad this week had a story about researchers finding a gene that inhibits the development of HIV. That is exciting news but the part that really struck me was the following comment from an HIV positive man.
“After being HIV positive for 20 years, I am running out of medication options. KNOW THIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HIV is not some “treatable” disease. Yes, one’s life can be extended and made more livable by medications, but those medications come with a financial and metabolic cost. Do not take HIV lightly! THINK LONG AND HARD (pardon the pun) before you make the life-threatening decision to bareback when having sex. There is no way to fully know the effects of HIV or the treatments for it until you are in it and dependent on the treatments to keep you not just healthful, but ALIVE.”