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Old 07-18-2017, 03:09 PM
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Ask the guy on PrEP

As a spin off of this thread, I'm starting my thread where you can ask questions of someone who takes Truvada daily to protect against HIV infection. I'm in the United States and I've been on PrEP since December of 2014. As of January 2017, it is completely covered by my insurance as preventive medicine. Prior to that, I used my HSA money to cover the $2500 deductible on my high deductible health plan through my employer.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:23 PM
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Do you use it because you have a positive partner, or as a backup for condoms? How long has it been available? I only heard of it a few months ago.

Is it safe to be on your entire life?
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:29 PM
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How much does it cut down on your chances of contracting the virus?
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:37 PM
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Are a lot of your friends/acquaintances on it too? (I'm reminded of that scene from RENT where someone yells, "AZT break!" and everyone reaches for their meds.)
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:45 PM
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Do you use it because you have a positive partner, or as a backup for condoms? How long has it been available? I only heard of it a few months ago.

Is it safe to be on your entire life?
I use it because I don't use condoms. I first heard of in in 2013. I plan to stay on it for the rest of my active sexual life. I'm single right now.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:47 PM
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Is it covered by government mandate, or did your insurance make the change on their own?
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:47 PM
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How much does it cut down on your chances of contracting the virus?
From the latest research, it reduces it by 99%
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:51 PM
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Are a lot of your friends/acquaintances on it too? (I'm reminded of that scene from RENT where someone yells, "AZT break!" and everyone reaches for their meds.)
Almost everyone I know is either positive undetectable or negative on PrEP. I think it is a great think that we talk about these things a lot more.
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Old 07-18-2017, 03:54 PM
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Is it for HIV- people who hope to remain negative, or for HIV+ people who hope not to pass it on? Or both?
Does it work for both sexes, or just men? All of the ads I've seen have featured men.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:00 PM
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I use it because I don't use condoms. I first heard of in in 2013. I plan to stay on it for the rest of my active sexual life. I'm single right now.
Are you concerned about other STDs?
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:00 PM
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Is it covered by government mandate, or did your insurance make the change on their own?
It's not a government mandate. I assume the insurance company made a decision to cover it.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:12 PM
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Is it for HIV- people who hope to remain negative, or for HIV+ people who hope not to pass it on? Or both?
Does it work for both sexes, or just men? All of the ads I've seen have featured men.
It is for HIV- people who want to remain that way. It has been used for HIV+ people as part of their treatment routine, although the single pill treatments are more common these days. I have no idea if it works for females.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:19 PM
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Are you concerned about other STDs?
Yes. I've had secondary syphilis twice. It's awful.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:20 PM
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Truvada interferes with the ability of HIV infected cells to replicate themselves which is not a gendered process so it's effective for both men and women.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:48 PM
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I don't have questions, I'm just happy for you! PrEP is good news in the HIV universe.
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