GAMRican saidOver the past 30 years which I've been HIV+, I've heard of a lot of treatments, I've heard of a lot of "short cuts" regarding sexual risk management, I've heard promises of cures, and I've burried a lot of friends after watching them waste away and suffer.
When I hear of treatments and cures, I think, "We'll see."
When I hear of short cuts regarding sexual risk management practices, I think, "We'll see."
What I keep seeing are people still getting infected with HIV AND other less manageable diseases.
So, whatever "reasoning" that people may want to use to convince themselves that HIV and other STD's are just going to magically go away with a pill, and that the "free unfettered love" of the 1960's is going to return, I think, "We'll see."
Until "I see", I guess I'm just going to be "old-fashioned" and "living in another era" as I continue to get to know my partners AND use condoms to manage my sexual risk tolerance.
I do take Truvada, but that's because I've already been infected with HIV. There is no 'PReP" for me...at least not for HIV.
From my own lessons of the past, I wonder..."When will the next incurable STD develop in the wild and if we go back to the behaviors of the past will we relive the horrors of a past, virulent pandemic?"
Gay men may be divided over the issue. Wonderful. I love debate.
But when it comes down to the choices I make for my own life, and the "lessons learned" I share with others (younger and older). My message is unambiguous and crystal clear: Manage your sexual risk proactively and just use a condom every single time.
I can't disagree with your technique. There's nothing wrong with using condoms.
How long do we wait for "We'll see"?
You and I have been using Truvada for 10 years or so. It's no longer "We'll see." It's been safe and effective for me and MANY others.
It's been mentioned that the risks associated with Truvada may be preexisting problems. Some have had AIDS and recovered with Truvada, but there may have have been some underlying liver damage already, for example.
Truvada IS proactive! Much more so than condoms. Condoms are a "We'll see" if I get HIV if the condom breaks. Or "We'll see" what happened if I forgot, slipped, or trusted "that guy".
I agree "What I keep seeing are people still getting infected with HIV...."
....that's WHY I think Truvada is good for them! Condom aren't reaching a lot of people for many reasons. I can't wait and "We'll see" when 40-50K new cases of HIV happen every year. We have to use every armament available. Truvada can be very beneficial to a group that condoms are NOT for.