i’ve been curious about this “prep” situation.
so it’s a pill you take,
before engaging in sex,
that will stop you from catching hiv?
i guess this pill is one of the reasons everyone is going ham.
everyone is banging each other raw because of this pill now.
hell it’s the opening statement for most:
“I’m on prep and I’m safe.
Can I fuck you insanely stupid raw?
it didn’t work for one male because he ended up catching hiv.
a vix-bi sent me the story via buzzfeed…
A second man taking the daily HIV-prevention pill Truvada has been infected by a rare drug-resistant strain of the virus.
The results were presented by Cleveland Clinic HIV specialist Howard Grossman, who unveiled the finding at the 2016 HIV Research for Prevention conference in Chicago on Tuesday.
The patient, who is not releasing his name or age to protect his privacy, is a gay man who had been taking the drug daily since January 2016. Hair and blood tests confirmed that he had the appropriate blood levels of the pill’s two drugs — tenofovir and emtricitabine — to offer the nearly 99% protection it offers from the virus when taken daily.
The patient’s long-term partner is HIV-positive but on treatment, with an undetectable viral load in his body. On two occasions and with two separate people, however, the couple had condomless sex with a third person.
Grossman found that the patient’s strain of HIV was resistant to both of the drugs in Truvada, as well as all of the other drugs in its class, which work by blocking one of the enzymes needed by the virus to reproduce. The new strain did not match his partner’s, meaning that the multi-drug-resistant virus must have been transmitted during one of the two sexual encounters.
The man, who is now HIV-positive, is on a mixture of antiretroviral drugs and has his infection under control, Grossman said.
The first documented case of a person on daily Truvada being infected with the virus was announced in February. For now, experts suggest that the cases should not be cause for alarm.
“We know PrEP is not 100% effective, and that’s something we need to be saying loudly and clearly,” Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, a global HIV-prevention advocacy group in New York City, told BuzzFeed News. “No prevention method — other than abstinence — is.”
But while the risk exists, it needs to be weighed against the pill’s well-demonstrated benefits, Warren said. “We have now seen hundreds of thousands of people on oral PrEP, and we’ve only seen two cases of so-called breakthrough infections.”
Instead, Warren urged that we need better surveillance to track and identify the prevalence of drug-resistant strains of the virus. “This is a virus that’s been around for 35 years — it’s so variable and mutates so rapidly — and that’s one of the biggest challenges for developing any prevention.”
Grossman agreed that the new case should not cause those taking or considering taking PrEP to reconsider using the drug out of fear.
“Truthfully, PrEP is the best intervention we’ve ever had to prevent HIV,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to see some huge explosion of failures. I think it’s going to be a sort of trickle, if anything.”
even with prep,
i’d still use a condom.
nothing is 100% safe.
sad it had to happen to him tho.
regardless of being on prep or not,
there has been a rise in other sexually transmitted diseases.
according to msn:
More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.
More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The CDC recorded nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis.
“The STD epidemic is getting worse in the United States and, in fact, is at its highest levels yet,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
The CDC reported a record year for STDs in 2014, also, but the trend is worsening, Mermin told NBC News.
“Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate,” Mermin said.
The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said.
While some of the new numbers may be due to better reporting of cases, most of the rise appears to be a real increase in new infections, he said.
“There is no evidence that talking about sexually transmitted disease prevention increases sexual activity.”
Gay and bisexual men account for many of the new cases, and the biggest numbers are among young adults, especially those in their late teens and early 20s. “Half of all STDs occur in youth under age 20,” Mermin said.
Part of the increase may be due to better treatment for HIV, which may make people believe — usually wrongly — they do not need to use condoms. CDC officials say.
At the same time, state and local health departments are losing funding.
“That is correlated with an eroding infrastructure for sexually transmitted disease clinics,” Mermin said. “In 2012 alone, half of state public health programs had to close some of those clinics.”
That means young people most vulnerable to new infection have fewer places to go for help, advice, testing and treatment, he said.
All three infections can be cured with antibiotics, but people often don’t even know they are infected. In the early stages none of them cause obvious symptoms.
Mermin said talking openly about STDs can help. “Parents and providers and teachers can provide young people with safe and effective ways to prevent STDs,” he said. “Good sex education prevents STDs.”
And Mermin has a ready answer for people who fear talking about sex might create an expectation among youths that they should be having sex.
“There is no evidence that talking about sexually transmitted disease prevention increases sexual activity,” he said.
“The dating apps can also be vectors of prevention by increasing the amount of prevention information that people can see and also by linking people to STD and HIV testing.”
i loathe that gays and bisexuals are the new cases.
it’s like God is trying not to make me get smashed again.
it’s way too much risky behavior nowadays.
sex apps are easy ways to get off without getting to know someone.
hoes of all kinds are on the same level as role models
music is enforcing more hook ups instead of dating
reality shows are the guides for everyday relationships
the amount of those disgusted you don’t fuck raw is bafflin’ to me.
if they likes it then i loves it.