One in two black gay men will contract HIV if nothing changes. I believe that it’s driven by, you know, the fact that we largely just don’t want to address the issue. It was always in the back of my mind, it was always something that I was concerned about, and I think largely that concern was fueled by a lack of knowledge. That’s why I believe it’s so important to get it out there, have those conversations, you know, talk about the options that are available, you know, talk about the importance of getting tested. If you’re not HIV-positive, getting on PrEP, if you are, that there are treatment options available. PrEP makes me feel empowered. Most definitely, hands down. I feel this great sense of independence and I feel even more comfortable in my skin. I take it on a daily basis and I live my life to the fullest. That’s the beautiful thing about this medication. For a long period of time, I don’t think I valued myself, I don’t think that I loved myself, I was too confused about what other people thought. That doesn’t bother me anymore. PrEP has definitely given me this boost of confidence just to live my life and to be me. I definitely believe that it is a turning point for gay, black men. And if you want a turning point to occur, then you have to be that turning point. Seek out the resources, ask questions until you get that answer you’re looking for. But the support is definitely there. And if it’s not, make your voice known. If you’re not comfortable with your physician, ask for another one. You know, you have to be your best and strongest advocate. For more information, go to prep.greaterthan.org.
“PrEP has given me this confidence to live my life and be me.”
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