PrEP is only for people who are at ongoing substantial risk of HIV infection. See bottom of the page for more details on PrEP/Truvada.
UPDATE (El 30 de diciembre de 2014): I’ve noticed that when GLBTQ organisations talk about PrEP, they try to imply that “it’s one of the many tools” GLBTQs can use to prevent HIV infection. That’s very misleading. Either they are ignorant on the matter or deliberately misleading. PrEP is “one of the many tools” if that’s how people are using it in combination with “other tools”, but that’s not how I see gay guys using it. I have not seen one gay personal sex ad that mentioned condoms and safer sex in the same ad with PrEP. None. All of the many sex ads that I’ve seen that mentioned the word PrEP were bareback ads and they specifically state they are HIV- and on PrEP and looking to bareback. I won’t go into this in detail but it seems that the City of San Francisco now wants to get as many GLBTQs on PrEP as possible. Why? To make as much dinero/money as possible for the corporate pharmaceutical company that makes PrEP. Also, Politician Cocks received some dinero from that company. The City doesn’t seem to care about the side effects of the drug if there’s money to be made for a corporate drug company. The City is essentially encouraging bareback sex by encouraging gay guys (and others) to take PrEP instead of encouraging gay guys to use condoms and have safer sex), because again, despite the lies and bull shit from gay organisations and others, PrEP is an excuse to bareback. Tell it like it is. Stop this bull shit and deception about why GLBTQs should be taking PrEP. Chau.—el barrio rosa
Hola, I saw mi amigo yesterday and he asked me: “Did you hear that ‘The Holy Trinity’ is on PrEP?” I said: Yes I did, can you believe that? Why would he need to be on PrEP? Mi amigo said: Exactly! Who would be that desperate to want to have sex with that piece? I said: Well, some people are asking, “Does he get laid?” One wouldn’t think so. Mi amigo told me that he read that Politician Cocks said that the most awkward thing about revealing that he’s taking PrEP was telling his mother he’s on PrEP. Well if she’s as prudish and conservative as he is—which I would guess she is—that’s understandable, I suppose. But rather than sounding like an adult, Politician Cocks sounded like he’s in high school and having to tell his mother about what he’s doing sexually, at age 44. It also sounds like she too is surprised that he has sex. Who would have ever guessed that the conservative prude—who looks like an undertaker at a funeral home—that authored the San Francisco city-wide nudity ban is on this luxury sex drug PrEP and presumably barebacking since that’s the reason one takes PrEP. Loco. “There must be something in the water” seems to be a recurrent theme these days. But after thinking about this while writing this post, it’s so typical: These days, of course a conservative prude would be barebacking and want to be on PrEP and all the negative consequences with that drug.
Politician Cocks, known as “The Holy Trinity” to some of his rabid conservative believers who seem to see him as their saviour (it’s another “messiah complex” thing going on here) told the corporate media recently that he’s on PrEP, which—cutting through all the bullshit and newspeak provided by AIDS/HIV organisations—is the drug that muchachos who want to bareback take in hopes that they won’t get pozzed. That’s the bottom line. But PrEP is not completely effective. If taken every day, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in high risk people by up to 92%. But PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken every day. And the way that some (if not most) HIV/AIDS organisations promote PrEP, one gets the impression they’re working for the Corporate Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex. Do some of these organisations with their bloated executive salaries get any funding or a kickback from that industry?
Then a day later I saw mi amigo and he said to me (I’m putting this in my own words): You know, the timing of this announcement from Politician Cocks is very curious. It very odd. Is Politician Cocks really on PrEP, or is this a publicity stunt to give this basura more attention which he craves? He’s in his re-election campaign and running mostly unopposed (as far as the corporate media are concerned, which includes the main gay publication in San Francisco which serves as a shill and hack for the conservative San Francisco Oligarchy/the misnamed “Democratic” party Establishment). Why would Politician Cocks announce during a re-election campaign that he’s supposedly on PrEP and that he wants more gay guys on this (toxic) drug? Has he received a campaign contribution (dinero/money) from the pharmaceutical company that makes PrEP and this is his way of “paying them back?” Is that why he wants more people to use PrEP/buy it? If he really cared about gay guys as he pretends, Mr Holier Than Thou would urge gay guys to have safer sex, not take PrEP (bareback/unsafe sex). This muchacho doesn’t give a fuck about gay guys. As some people in San Francisco have said, he’s thrown the gay community under a Google bus and helped to gentrify the GLBTQ populace out of the city. He only thinks about: himself and his conservative political career (and assuming he’s on PrEP) where the next bareback fuck is coming from. Would the San Francisco Oligarchy go along with the lie that their conservative Politician Cocks is on PrEP? Of course they would. Put nothing past them. How can one tell when a politician is lying? When his/her mouth is moving. This corrupt city government is as corrupt as the government at the federal level. Show me a government anywhere that’s not corrupt. Show me a government anywhere that won’t lie to the people and won’t say anything for their conservative corporatist agenda.
Assuming Politician Cocks is on this luxury sex drug PrEP as he claims, he has a monthly co-payment of $15.00 because he’s covered by the San Francisco Oligarchy’s health plan. The list price for PrEP/Truvada is (from what I’ve seen) between $1,000-1,400.00 a month. In general, other health plans that come with high deductibles may “cover” their patients but the patient may not be able to afford the high co-payment for this toxic drug PrEP which is not mandatory to one’s life and is a luxury sex drug so one can bareback, instead of having safer sex.
If this is a publicity stunt on Politician Cock’s part, it hasn’t received much publicity—I’ve heard no one talking about it when I’ve been out and about—although it’s been covered my some major corporatist publications on the west and east coasts of The Cesspool/the US/los Estados Unidos.
As I was telling mi amigo: I’ve never seen Politician Cocks with anyone when I have the misfortune of seeing his face. He’s always alone and usually in his conservative funeral-black suit hunched over and staring down at his stupidphone and fucking with that (even in dark places at night in a major city; not a very intelligent thing to do). Is he trying to line up the next bareback fuck perhaps? Occasionally, I see some of his conservative rabid disciples rushing over to shake his hand and nearly genuflecting to him as if they consider him some celebrity. He loves the attention from his fawning minions—giving them a wide, broad smile as if to say, “I’m working for you rabid conservatives because you’re my base and I know you love what I’m helping to do to make this city conservative”—as they pump up his big head/ego even more so than it already is.
Mi amigo who has some experience in his past with sex workers said that if Politician Cocks is on PrEP that he would guess that he uses escorts/sex workers and pays them in cash. That way he can remain anonymous since he is part of the San Francisco corporatist Oligarchy (corporatist politicians who work for their corporate owners). As I said earlier, he’s one of the conservative corporatist parasites helping to ruin this city before he leaves and (as rumour has it) takes off for Sacramento to help continue to ruin things at the state level. These corporatist politicians are like tornadoes and hurricanes. They come in here from other places—Politician Cocks is from New Jersey—and help ruin the city by changing the city to the way they want it and then they leave. We’re then stuck with their conservative aftermath and (draconian) laws. Meanwhile, they’ve gone to the state level so they can fuck things up there too. Then after they’re done there (termed-out) then off to the federal level to the District of Columbia to really make a mess of things in the cesspool called the US congress (house and senate) or la casa blanca.
Assuming he’s on PrEP, Politician Cocks—who tries to be heteronormative—might be one of those gay guys (he says he’s gay) who writes in their sex ads: You’ll come to my place and the door will be ajar, lights out and music playing or a sex video, you come in, eat my ass out and mount my ass, breed my hole bareback and then leave. No talking, no chit-chat. Just hot bareback sex and we never see each other. Completely anonymous. I’ll be blindfolded. After you breed my hole, you leave and say nothing. NSA (that stands for “no strings attached”) That’s an ad I’ve read many times on the site I call ClosetList. Of course this behaviour (in that ad) is rather stupid especially in a major city because anyone (including someone who’s anti-gay) could respond to such an ad and pretend to want to have sex with this gay boy and that could lead to major problems/trouble.
And are some gay guys lying about being on PrEP? I’m now wondering about that. There’s a sex ad on ClosetList at this time. The muchacho claims to be a bi MWM (married white male) and taking all loads (meaning poz and neg loads) and he claims he’s been on PrEP for 3 years. Unless I’m missing something here, how can he have been on this luxury sex drug for 3 years when PrEP/Truvada did not receive FDA approval until July 2012, which is only about 2 years ago.
I would imagine that most muchachos approach their doctors enquiring about taking PrEP by bullshitting the doctor and saying, “You know doctor, I’ve been thinking, in addition to condoms, I would like more protection to prevent HIV so I’d like to take (unspoken: this toxic drug) PreP, if you would agree to that.” That’s what I’ve read that guys tell their doctor. What they don’t tell their doctors is that they have no intention of using a condom in the first place. Then the doctor is thinking: Hmmmmm, that will give me more office visit$ from this client and I could certainly use that extra income/dinero/money, and then there’s the te$ting required which will generate even more dinero/money, so yes, this is looking very good, so then the doctor responds: “Well yes, we can certainly look at that and you might be a very good candidate for PrEP.” I’ve seen sex personal ads on ClosetList and the guys are quite clear as to their intent: If they mention “Neg + PrEP” in their ads they specifically say they want to BB and that they’re neg (HIV-). One muchacho on ClosetList in San Francisco says in his ad: No condoms, no pulling out, raw BB/bareback sex only. And he has stated in previous ads that he’s on PrEP, but sometimes he omits that from his ad. Then one muchacho in Los Ángeles did say he’s looking for BB, but “wrapped is cool too.” But seeing “wrapped” in an ad is unusual.
Among gay and bisexual muchachos, those who were given PrEP were 44% less likely overall to get HIV than those who were given a placebo pill.
Blood tests are required every three months: In addition to getting regular blood tests done when on PrEP, there are the side effects of the drug, such as upset stomach or loss of appetite. Common Truvada side effects may include: headache, mild dizziness, depressed mood; strange dreams; mild itching or skin rash; or changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist). The very short-term side effects of PrEP include headaches, weight loss and gastrointestinal problems like nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. These side effects usually resolve in the first few weeks or so after starting PrEP. PrEP/Truvada can also worsen kidney health. Some people experience minor reductions in their bone and kidney health, which can be reversible when PrEP is discontinued. But the kidneys seem to be heavily effected (negatively) by PrEP from my research.
One would think that anyone in the San Francisco Oligarchy taking PrEP would cause the insurance rates to go up for the city health plan overall (meaning for everyone else) because of the expense of this drug alone as well as increased doctor visits, the refills and the added attention to an HIV prevention programme. And assuming Politician Cocks is taking PrEP as he says, it’s a luxury sex drug that Politician Cocks takes because he refuses to change his sexual behaviour. Because again, PrEP is for people who are at ongoing substantial risk of HIV infection. To me, that’s extremely irresponsible on his part but I haven’t seen anyone saying this, including his blind-allegiance disciples who think he can do no wrong.
There are other sexual diseases one can get from barebacking, not just HIV, such as:
As a (bareback) bottom:
Unknown: Hepatitis C
As a (bareback) top:
Unknown: Hepatitis C
“Barebacking carries risks of STD transmission even without ejaculation, such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis infections can be transmitted without any cum present. HIV has been isolated from pre-cum and could be transmitted even without full ejaculation. The risk of transmitting HIV without ejaculation is lower than with ejaculation, but there is still some risk involved.” [Source: San Francisco City Clinic]
I agree with mi amigo. I don’t know who would be that desperate to have sex with Politician Cocks in the first place. I would imagine that a paid escort/sex worker would likely say to himself: “Oh, the things I fuck to pay my rent/mortgage.” Chau.—el barrio rosa
More info on PrEP/Truvada:
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
Before starting PrEP, ensure the patient is HIV-negative. Although antibody tests help establish a person’s status with a high level of reliability, it’s only as good as the window period for initial HIV infection. Should a patient have recent high-risk activity after an earlier negative antibody result but before they start PrEP, they could still be infected. In this case, it may be wise for them to wait to get another test later and start PrEP based on the second result or to have an HIV RNA test conducted. In a small number of people in PrEP studies, the person was actually infected, but hadn’t produced enough antibodies to test positive. In some of these cases, the person went on to develop drug resistance to the components of Truvada.
PrEP is not just about taking a pill every day. Individuals who decide to take PrEP will need to see their doctors at least every three months for routine care and testing. They’ll need to talk about their current sexual activity, their level of risk, STDs, routine test results and any side effects. This means more doctor visits, refills, co-pays, and extra attention to an overall HIV prevention strategy for people who decide to use PrEP. [Source: PrEP Brochure]
Truvada may increase your risk of certain infections or autoimmune disorders by changing the way your immune system works. Symptoms may occur weeks or months after you start treatment with Truvada. Tell your doctor if you have: signs of a new infection–fever, night sweats, swollen glands, mouth sores, diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss; chest pain (especially when you breathe), dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath; cold sores, sores on your genital or anal area; rapid heart rate, feeling anxious or irritable, weakness or prickly feeling, problems with balance or eye movement; trouble speaking or swallowing, severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control; or swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex. An HIV test is also required every 3 months during treatment… you may need frequent blood tests. [Source: http://www.drugs.com/truvada.html]
About the flyer from gayshamesf.org on the upper right side of the page:
I’ve provided the flyer here for information and educational purposes. I like the flyer because it tells the truth. Some of the text may be hard to read so here’s what the flyer says:
The flyer reads:
“The W***** [Ed. Scott Penis] fascist agenda:
* Remove public benches (Ed. at Harvey Milk Plaza)
* Criminalize nudity
* Silence street performers
* Close recycling centers
* Condos, condos, condos !!!
* Close parks
* Amend environmental review for development”
That list doesn’t begin to cover the amount of harm that elitist conservative Politician Cocks has done to this city and to people, including GLBTQ people. The list also omits Prop L/Sit-lie which criminalizes homelessness which Politician Cocks strongly campaigned on and supports. Then he created another version of sit-lie for both the Jane Warner Plaza and the Harvey Milk Plaza.