Meet the Man Who Got HIV While on Daily PrEP - POZ
In this sexually frank POZ Q&A, he recounts events around his As you know, you have to have an HIV test come back negative, then you can't. How I Learned to Get Over My Fear of Dating HIV-positive Men When I am on PrEP and my partner has an undetectable viral load, meaning copies of HIV cannot The results, not surprisingly, always came back negative. How do you navigate dating or even a casual hook-up? Being virally-suppressed , or “undetectable” is key to minimizing HIV transmission to the HIV negative.
When I took it, in Canada, Truvada was prescribed off-label as PrEP, but my work benefits covered my medication so, for me, it was not a problem. Did PrEP alter your sexual behavior or attitudes? I became more sexually liberated. It took away the fear.
How would you describe your condom use before PrEP? It was off and on, depending on the situation. But I would say most of the time, it was with condoms. Did PrEP change your condom habits?
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To be honest with you, I stopped using condoms after going on PrEP. I was such as big proponent of PrEP that if I was chatting with someone on a hookup site who wanted to use condoms, it was a deal-breaker for me. I was having sex to enjoy it. When we first spoke, you said that when you started PrEP you were in a relationship with an HIV-negative partner, but after 11 years that ended the ex remains HIV negative today.
What was going on in your life? Last year was really horrible. In January, I went snowboarding at Whistler Pride, a big gay ski week. I was off work for about six weeks.
When I went back, I started to develop stomach issues and it turned out I had Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
Meet the Man Who Got HIV While on Daily PrEP
It exists in about two thirds of the population, usually in people from third-world countries or who have visited third-world countries, so it could have been from my being born in Iraq or being a flight attendant.
I went on a course of antibiotics, and that was that. But I was still having stomach problems, so I went in for an endoscopy and colonoscopy, and found out my stomach muscle was getting paralyzed and stuck, something called gastroparesis.
I went on some other medications. Then in April, I broke my pinkie playing dodgeball.
Like I said, last year was really horrible. How are those conditions today? X, does not use recreational drugs and only drinks socially. The positive partner, Mr.
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Y, has an undetectable viral load. X already has begun PrEP and the couple says it has greatly improved their sex life. X says he only has missed two daily doses of Truvada as PrEP in 18 months. But does he need to be on it at all?
Howard Libman, also of Beth Israel Deaconess, says no. Yes, sometimes it may take a little longer to clear up, and other times it might even be so brief you wonder if we were faking it. But a nice blanket with access to binge watch Netflix may make a difference.
Some visits are anti-climatic. Whenever I took my daily HIV medication he would watch me like a hawk with Disney tears of sympathy as if I was swallowing a fistful of knives, followed up with him asking if I was okay. When this happened on a daily basis early in the relationship, I was tempted to put on a Broadway production each time I took my meds.
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But finally had to tell him to stop. Yes, it shows that your partner cares but in an ironic way. Others may feel different, but as I shared, this is one of my pet peeves.
Relationships are built on an equal playing field and not of one feeling they are either settling or someone coming into it as a savior.