Prepare to be prepared!
If you happen to be a member of the LGBT community, then chances are you've at least heard of PrEP — or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
But just in case you're not completely aware of the HIV prevention tool, the LGBT Center of Los Angeles' latest campaign is here to help!
Officially starting this Sunday, the El Lay-based center will be teaching all of us — but specifically those most at risk; gay and bisexual men of color, and transgender women — how to F*ck W/out Fear!
See more (below)!
Basically, PrEP is a once-daily pill that can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99 percent… but for some reason, many people seem to have misconceptions about the medicine.
Luckily, that's exactly what Center Chief Medical Officer Robert Bolan M.D. is aiming to fix; in Friday's press release, he writes:
"It's widely believed that a two-pronged approach is what will be most effective at ending the transmission of HIV in the U.S. Quickly linking newly diagnosed HIV positive people to care can reduce or eliminate the risk they can transmit the virus; it's the same treatment effect for people who have been living with HIV for a while or a long time. Then if HIV uninfected people who are most at-risk of infection successfully protect themselves from the virus, we can effectively end HIV transmission here. Because the availability of condoms alone hasn't been enough to stop HIV, we're excited about the promise of PrEP."
Everyone should be!
But Dr. Robert's not alone — Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings echoed his statement in the same release, saying:
"We've got the tools to not only end the fear of HIV, but to end it as an epidemic. Those at risk have to know about the tools, though, and they need honest information about them. Our campaign provides the truth about PrEP, the information and support to help people get a prescription, and a reminder that condoms are necessary to prevent other sexually transmitted diseases."
Bless this campaign.
The LGBT Center has locations in both Hollywood and West Hollywood… but you can learn everything you need to know about F*ck W/out Fear RIGHT OVER HERE!!!
Still, wear a condom.
[Image via Los Angeles LGBT Center.]
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