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The Truvada whore gets back in the saddle #HIV #AIDS #PrEP

The Truvada whore gets back in the saddle #HIV #AIDS #PrEP

If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know I’ve been a big supporter of PrEP and Truvada.  It’s just good common sense:  the message of “always use a condom” is a radical failure. It kept us all in line throughout the 80’s and 90’s because we were scared stiff – pun included.  You only had a few choices when HIV came into play:  abstinence, wear a condom, or prepare yourself for the fact that you’re going to contract HIV.

Guys these days see an entirely different HIV than I did.  It’s chronic and manageable, a pill a day keeps the virus at bay, right?  Condoms just aren’t being used, and lo and behold some scientist peeks out from behind the microscope and says “hey, I’ve got an idea.”

And it works.  Very well, in fact.  Despite the breast-feeding of the chronically uninformed Michael Weinstein, there’s far too much science to prove I want to be on it.  I’ve been sexually active since I was 13 (sometimes sexually overactive) and I’m 50 now.  Through no amount of efforts and accidents I’m HIV negative and I want to stay that way..  Will the world come to an end if I became HIV positive?  No.  But, I don’t want it either.

I’ve been a study participant in the Next PrEP study since 2012, which means that I got all my study drugs for free, got paid for my time and effort, and I offered up a few gallons of blood for them to study while I went about the business of getting my groove on.  Well, all good things come to an end and my drugs did too.  It’s time to get on PrEP through regular channels.

It took exactly two days.  It costs me nothing.

The research director of the Next PrEP study took me exactly two doors down to their PrEP clinic, where I met with a great doctor and she and I spent more time talking about Michael Weinstein’s lunacy than anything at all.  The exam, questionnaire and bloodwork took 45 minutes and my pharmacy had the prescription the next day.

My insurance picked up $1200 bucks of the monthly cost of Truvada. That means I was on the hook for the remaining $400 bucks a month.  I have money, but that’s an expense even I want to pick up. Gilead took care of the rest.  Yes, the cost of Truvada is extraordinary, but Gilead – even being a big pharma company – is willing to take the hit to their pocketbook and pick up the costs that you can’t.  I received my copay card from my doctor at the PrEP clinic and ten minutes of phone time later it was activated.  I present that card along with my insurance card every time I pick up the refill, see my doctor every three months and that’s that.

Oddly, throughout all my time on the Next PrEP drugs and now on Truvada I haven’t boned every man in sight.  There have been no Truvada parties, nor have I suffered from a stunning inability to take one pill a day.

I’m better protected, and I’m on Truvada.  If that makes me a Truvada whore, then so be it.  Better men than Michael Weinstein have called me worse.  Much, much worse

 

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