When I was 16, I was diagnosed with syphilis. I just kind of vowed to myself that I would never let a 16-year-old or just like any youth, period, go without knowing about HIV and STIs. The first time I heard about PrEP I didn’t know what it was. I’m like, I’m not about to take no pill, that type of thing. But then once I actually like started doing my own research about it, I’m like wow, ok, why not PrEP? It’s like I know I don’t have to worry about HIV. Knowing the statistics as it relates to African-American males, as it relates to HIV, if you have a medicine that is there to help, prevent you from contracting HIV, then why not try it? I just don’t understand why people don’t and that’s really the God honest truth. I always say that the PrEP pill kind of combats the elephant in the room because most people try to stay away from HIV because it’s so pertinent in the community. Having PrEP, it’s easier for people to talk about it because it’s like hey, I’m on PrEP, so now let’s talk about it. At least the conversations are being had. For more information, go to prep.greaterthan.org.
“If you have something that is there to prevent you from contracting HIV, then why not try it?”
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For those who do not have HIV, PrEP offers another powerful means of protection. When taken as prescribed, this daily pill is highly effective in protecting against HIV.