Last night’s post about the guy taking as many loads as possible while on PrEP certainly had some interesting comments. There were some clashing points of view and information. I’m not going to send anyone to specific documents or articles as everyone needs to do their own research and make their own informed decisions, but all the studies that I’ve seen publicised have said that in sero-discordant sexual relationships there have been no cases documented where an HIV transmission has occurred when PrEP is being used. Logically speaking that also implies that the HIV positive partner is also on treatment and has a viral load that is undetectable.
As stated above though, it is up to the individual to do their own research and make their own informed and education decisions. PrEP is a fantastic new tool that should be embraced in my opinion. For me, if I were to use it, it would be in conjunction with condoms as there are, as a lot of you pointed out, many other STDs that are seeing a spike in transmission with people forgoing condoms when using PrEP.
There was a point that one of my friends tried to make in comments, but for some reason it wouldn’t work and that is that sex should be enjoyed however you like to enjoy it. There is a lot of slut-shaming going on within the gay world over the use of PrEP. People now have t-shirts calling themselves Truveda Whores which is kinda funny. The term sex-positive is much more appropriate. If someone enjoys a more liberal sex life than you then it certainly doesn’t mean they are doing anything wrong. If they choose to take calculated risks and bareback then that is entirely up to them. We might not all agree with everything each and every one of us does but that’s fine.
I see PrEP as another tool to use to keep myself HIV Negative and a great one to use to lower infections across the globe. It also provides a very safe way for people to have fantastic sex with people at the other end of the HIV fence without worry. That’s only going to help reduce the stigma that is still very much felt by HIV positive people. Embrace it.