(Air Date: MARCH 19, 2015)
This episode is going to seem a bit out of the ordinary.
Today Ben is interviewing Damon L. Jacobs (Psychotherapist & PrEP Educator) about HIV Prevention.
Did you know that we now have a pill that can actually PREVENT HIV infection by up to 99% when taken daily?
If you didn’t know… Now you do. After listening to today’s episode, you will be an expert on Truvada, which is known as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). You will be able to talk to your friends and loved ones about how it prevents HIV infection, how to actually get access to it, and pretty much any other questions you might have — they’ll be answered in this episode.
This is my personal plea with each of you to take on sharing this information with the people you care about, however you choose to do that: share this episode with them, have a conversation with them, etc.
Here are some helpful links:
www.DamonLJacobs.com (Damon Jacobs’ Website)
www.Prepolicious.org (A centralized location on the web for information about PrEP)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrEPFacts/ (a Facebook discussion group about PrEP)
Damon invites any and all questions and can be reached at:
Some useful links/studies:
PLAY: Spirochete by Arnold Sungaard (about the controversy about the cure for syphilis)
VIDEO: Honey LaBronx speaks out about PrEP (*NOTE: Some of this information is now outdated — please see this episode or the above links for updated info.)
STUDY: The IPERGAY Study (France) which looks at new possible dosage methods for Truvada)
STUDY: The Partners Trial which follows serodiscordant couples (where one is HIV positive, and one is HIV negative)
A HISTORY OF HYSTERIA:
Just for fun… let’s remember that throughout history, a cure for syphilis was considered controversial because some thought that people who engaged in sex outside of marriage should suffer the consequences, even if they were fatal. Even SEAT BELTS were controversial when first introduced, because people thought they would encourage speeding! Also controversial was birth control… condoms… and of course now PrEP/Truvada.
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