I’m not stopping pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) because my skin turned blue. That was an embarrassing mistake I made in the first few days of trying it. Don’t tell anyone, though, or they’ll find out that I’m the kind of guy who buys a black flannel shirt and wears it for a few days without washing it, not realizing it’s going to seep dye onto exposed areas, causing me to make panicky calls to bemused, sympathetic friends and globally noted HIV researchers alike.
Here’s the deal: One in five new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among cis women. Women of African descent make up about 64% of these new diagnoses while only accounting for 13% of the U.S. female population. Can PrEP prevent HIV among all women? Can PrEP reduce the grave racial/ethnic disparities seen in rates of HIV acquisition among Black women?
I found PrEP to be beneficial for me because I had two sex partners and wanted to protect us all and improve my chances of remaining HIV negative. I am aware that PrEP doesn’t prevent other STIs or pregnancy, but I think using it is a good choice for me to prevent HIV.
Dr. Garcia explains what will happen during the prenatal visit, and tells Poppy that, “Every pregnant woman should know her HIV status.”
Katina wants to stop using condoms with her partner because they don’t want barriers between them. Her partner has an undetectable viral load.