Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Peter Staley imagines how PrEP will be used in the years to come: Women use contraception during periods of their lives when they believe they might need it. They can choose from a variety of options, from a daily pill to intrauterine devices, implantable contraceptives, patches, vaginal rings, and injections. PrEP will have the same future. … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

The Best Threads Of 2014: “Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill?”

Dozens of readers this year added their very personal perspectives to the breakthrough drug Truvada and the baffling resistance to it by many gay activists. Read the whole discussion thread here. Below are a few previously unaired emails to add to the mix: Most of the coverage of Truvada has been about the idea of “Truvada whores” … Continue reading The Best Threads Of 2014: “Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill?”

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

The New York Times has produced a “Room for Debate” colloquium on Truvada, the daily pill to prevent HIV infection. They lead with the Michael Weinstein, who writes this sentence: PrEP has failed to protect the majority of men in every clinical trial (study). He links to an Indian summary of drug trials from 2011. … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

A straight female reader chimes in: As I was listening to Dave Cullen discuss Truvada I could only think … well, welcome to my world!  The birth control pill was “unleashed” on women in 1960.  I graduated from college in 1967 and moved to Chicago to work.  When I went to my doctor to get … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

When asked about the risks of Truvada, Dave Cullen answered in three quick parts: healthcare costs (discussed by readers here), side effects, and people not taking the drug consistently: A New Yorker piece backs up Cullen on the side effects: Taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. comes with very few risks. In the N.I.H. study, one … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Another round of emails focuses on the high cost of PrEP drugs like Truvada: I was just turning 30 when the AIDS epidemic struck. I spent the next 13 or so years caring for, then burying, my friends and loved ones. Somehow a few friends and I escaped infection; I don’t know how. In the intervening years, … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

In another video from Dave Cullen, Truvada user and bestselling author, he addresses the anticipated backlash from Fox News and Limbaugh when PrEP drugs are more widely used: The idea that gay sex requires more justification than straight sex is deeply embedded in the culture – even within gay culture. Two other themes have emerged as well in … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

During a recent “Ask Anything” taping with Dave Cullen, to discuss his book Columbine for the 15th anniversary this month, he opened up about his experience with Truvada, which he’s been taking for almost a year now: Meanwhile, the in-tray is starting to fill up with responses to my post: Thank you so much for your writing on Truvada and … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill? Ctd

Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill?

The Associated Press – about as mainstream as you can get – has an article out this week about a very marginalized medication: It’s the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals … Continue reading Why Aren’t Gay Men On The Pill?