Manhunt to Promote HIV Prevention Pill Truvada for World AIDS Day: ‘A Choice When Condoms are in the Way…’

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Gay hook-up site Manhunt will promote the recently-FDA-approved drug Truvada, which claims to reduce the risk of HIV infection, for this year's World AIDS Day, they announced via press release:

TruvadaManhunt™ will promote Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for this year’s World AIDS Day.  Manhunt is the world’s largest online and mobile sexual networking site for gay men. This is the first time a worldwide promotion of Truvada, the recently approved U.S. FDA HIV Prevention Pill, has appeared on the site.  Manhunt has partnered with Gladstone Institutes’ Dr. Robert Grant and The Fenway Institute to assure that the information conveyed is accurate and consistent with peer-reviewed published science. This promotion is part of Manhunt’s 2012 Social Responsibility Initiative, and it is entirely self-funded.

The promotion is being sent to over 2.5 million Manhunt members on World AIDS Day through Manhunt’s internal email broadcast system with the following tagline:

“HIV Prevention Pill for Negative Men (and women too): A choice when condoms are in the way or not enough?”

The campaign encourages members to visit Manhunt Cares™ dedicated PrEP page to learn more about this important biomedical intervention.

“We are thrilled to work with Manhunt and The Fenway Institute to educate a worldwide audience of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men regarding PrEP,” says Dr. Grant.  “It’s critical to have an online community partner that sees the value of providing accurate information about this biomedical intervention.”

The campaign highlights three educational resources for Manhunt members to learn more about PrEP: reading the PrEP fact sheets and research articles; watching a short video from Huffington Post Live on PrEP; and reviewing Positive Frontier’s series called “My Life On PrEP”.

One of the research papers featured is The Fenway Institute’s PLOS ONE publication “Limited Awareness and Low Immediate Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among Men Who Have Sex with Men Using an Internet Social Networking Site.”  The study’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Ken Mayer, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, believes that much work is required to increase awareness of PrEP, and that “this campaign is just the beginning of increasing men’s awareness of this intervention.”

Previously…
FDA Approves Truvada Which Claims to Reduce Risk of HIV Infection: VIDEO [tlrd]

Comments

  1. atomic says

    When condoms are…”in the way?” WTF is THAT supposed to mean?

    Great. We went through decades of gay men dying in droves, billions spent on HIV/AIDS research to produce drugs that prolong life but not cure the disease, and from all that effort, we developed this pill. And now this site is promoting it as a CONDOM ALTERNATIVE?

    “Oh, if you feel like barebacking–because condoms just get in the way–pop this pill and no more worrying about HIV!” I’m sorry, but that’s offensive. Truvada is NOT an alternative to condom use, for obvious reasons.

    1. It’s toxic. Side effects can be severe.
    2. It won’t stop any number of other STDs–syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV, HSV, hepatitis, etc.
    3. If guys start using it like this, how long do you think it’s going to take before Truvada-resistant HIV strains start showing up?

    The FDA resisted recommending Truvada for PrEP use for exactly these reasons, and now Manhunt is demonstrating just how well-founded those fears were.

  2. RyanInWyo says

    I’m with Atomic on this. Manhunt is making a huge mistake. If they would have stopped with “When condoms are not enough,” then that would have been OK. But “in the way” just encourages people to think, “Hey, if I find condoms inconvenient, I’ll just take this pill…” This leads down the wrong path.

  3. RyanInWyo says

    This almost makes me wish that Anonymous would decide to target Manhunt. In fact, strike that “almost” part. I’m angry enough that I wish Manhunt would get wiped from the web.

  4. Paul R says

    Yep, it’s awful, but this being Manhunt I can hardly claim to be surprised.

    “Self-funded”? Meaning they’re getting paid to do it by the drug manufacturer.

  5. ATLJason says

    This seems like a ridiculous campaign that sends a bad message. However, I think the person who said something about the toxicity of Truvada is a little misinformed. I’ve taken Truvada for several years (not as a preventative measure—I take it because I am HIV+) and have never had any side effects. In general I think the media hype about HIV drug side effects is quite a bit overblown. Yes, I know some people do experience them. But I don’t and neither do most other people I know who take meds. I’m not saying having HIV is all fun and games–I’d prefer not to have to go to the doctor four times a year and pay $500 in presrciption co-pays every year–but if we’re pinning our prevention efforts on warning guys about THE HORRIBLE DRUG SIDE EFFECTS, we probably need to find something a little more truthful.

  6. Wilberforce says

    Showing a corrupt press release from Manhunt on an issue that’s critical to gay health is disgusting.
    We also have a fawning piece below on the trash peddler Any Cohen.
    It’s sad. This used to be the smartest gay site on the web. But it’s going downhill fast.

  7. John says

    I think the wording might strike some people wrong, but let’s also remember some guys just aren’t going to be sold on condoms right away.

    And guys who already think that “condoms are in the way” are the ones who might benefit the most from being educated about PrEP.

    Also, recommendations for PrEP also include counseling that might curb future risk; and in many studies participants DID decrease their risk behaviors and start to use condoms more consistently.

    Even if you don’t like the messaging, preventing HIV isn’t one-size fits all; and we can’t say to high-risk folks who don’t use condoms all the time “Fine, get HIV.” And if we refuse to talk to them on their level—which includes acknowledging that they might not ever be convinced to use condoms—that’s what we’re doing.

  8. TDSE says

    Yes this is a poor message by Manhunt, but if people are stupid enough to believe it, then it is definitely their own damn fault. The dangers of unprotected sex are known. Anybody choosing to have sex without a condom are the ultimate ones responsible for their decisions.

  9. Chrisme says

    NEVER in a million years would I EVER take that pill!

    Side effect of condom use: Not getting AIDS and STI’s

    Side effects of Truvada: Who Knows??

    It’s really sad that AIDS (along with Cancer, Diabetes, etc.) is more about profits than actually helping people.

  10. Chrisme says

    NEVER in a million years would I EVER take that pill!

    Side effect of condom use: Not getting AIDS and STI’s

    Side effects of Truvada: Who Knows??

    It’s really sad that AIDS (along with Cancer, Diabetes, etc.) is more about profits than actually helping people.

  11. KT says

    I worry that gay men are becoming way too lax about HIV prevention. Between people tauting this drug as a wonder drug, the home HIV tests that are pretty wonky, and the main porn sites basically abandoning condoms, there are so many mixed messages going around. Plus, as many have noted, there are a multitude of STDs that one can get besides HIV. Herpes and hepatitis are not minor and even highly treatable ones like chlamydia are no day at the beach.

    Just recently AIDS activists in the UK released date that showed gay men in that country had the largest amount of new infections this past year since data was first collected – most of it in the past six months. Yet people act like we have beaten HIV and AIDS. We have not – and we can’t afford to become complacent.

  12. Francis says

    When condoms are in the way?

    Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. And yes, there are DEFINITELY more than enough people out there uneducated and desperate enough to believe this message. That’s the tragic part.

    Manhunt should be completely blackballed for this.

  13. Joe in CT says

    This is a truly outrageous message to be sending to men who have sex with men. Basically, it’s saying, “Buy this drug and you don’t have to use those pesky condoms anymore.” As a supplement to the protection that condoms afford, FINE. As a substitute for condoms, FORGET IT. Manhunt sucks.

  14. Lee says

    If you want to stay HIV/STD free, always err on the side of caution and use a condom. People lie all the time so even if your partner says they are HIV free, use a condom. Testing is not foolproof and HIV has a long incubation period so even if your partner was declared disease free on their test, use a condom until they are tested again six months later. If you are in a polyamourous relationship, use a condom. If you are playing the field or looking for one night stands, use a condom. Really, just use a freaking condom! Its not that difficult.

  15. Icebloo says

    What do you expect from the owners of this website that gave money to the McCain campaign during the previous election ?

    These same morons probably gave shares in the company that makes this drug so they only care about themselves and making money from the gay community.

    I don’t know why any gay men still use Manhunt after it gave money to the Republican Party.

  16. Oz in OK says

    *sigh* I’m definitely not in favor of the messaging here – but, like others have said, some guys are simply *not* going to use a condom, regardless of the risks. With AIDS back on the rise among Gay men, I think every effort should be made to get as many preventative methods out into the general public as possible.

    Of course, if someone doesn’t wanna shell out the money for a box of condoms, are they really any more likely to buy an expensive drug to prevent possible HIV transmission?

  17. Nat says

    Condoms are never in the way. That should be the philosophy, and the driving force behind all HIV prevention efforts.

    I fully support any pragmatic measures taken to address the realities of people in the real world, i.e. all people will not do what they should to protect their health, so any measure that can prevent HIV infection is better than nothing. But this should not be the front line of defense.

    There needs to be a concerted effort at addressing this perennial apathy surrounding condoms. The glamourization of barebacking has to be countered.

  18. atomic says

    @ATLJason:

    You need to understand what is meant by drug toxicity. It doesn’t mean the drug is going to kill you. It simply means that the drug is known to have harmful side effects in a significant proportion of people.

    You may say, “well, it’s better than NOT taking the drug.” Of course it is–IF YOU ARE HIV+ and actually NEED it. The benefit of taking the drug far outweighs the side effects for most patients because it is generally well tolerated. But if I ask you if an HIV- person NEEDS to take it, then that’s a different question. Even if toxicity is experienced by only 2% of those who take it, that’s still a LOT of HIV- people needlessly getting sick and harming their own bodies just because they don’t want to use a condom.

    I can get on board with people taking Truvada for PEP. Condoms do break, or slip off, or otherwise fail. Nothing in life is certain. But there’s a clear difference between advocating for PrEP versus advertising Truvada as a condom alternative, and Manhunt TOTALLY crossed that line.

    As for the argument that the target audience for the statement “when condoms get in the way” are people who would have unprotected sex anyway, I find that position disingenuous. The whole point of PrEP and Truvada is not to facilitate greater risk taking. It’s to give those of us who are already at risk another tool to reduce that risk. If they were going to have unprotected sex anyway, the last thing I want them to do is start taking Truvada and develop drug-resistant HIV, because those are precisely the people who are most likely to pass it on to others.

  19. Rick says

    Let’s be honest here, guys–CONDOMS RUIN SEX–they destroy any possibility of spontaneity…you get aroused and want to stick it in….but you have to stop, open a packet, and slip a piece of latex over your organ–which is not always easy to do…..so that by the time you go through all that, the whole ambience of the sexual experience has been destroyed.

    And then, once you do get penetration, you get an inferior f#ck because the condom cuts way down on the sensitivity of your penis and therefore the quality of the sensations.

    This pill just offers an alternative to those who think the risk is worth it, understanding, of course, that even condoms are not 100% effective all the time.

    So stop being a bunch of self-righteous nellies about it–if you don’t want to use the pill, don’t…….but it is a great option for those who want to have REAL sex, the way it was intended to be enjoyed, rather than through the joy-destroying and deadening experience of a latex tube.

  20. Rick says

    “Of course, if someone doesn’t wanna shell out the money for a box of condoms, are they really any more likely to buy an expensive drug to prevent possible HIV transmission?

    For most, money is not the issue; the issue is that condoms ruin sex, as I pointed out above.

  21. Rick says

    “How very surprising… Rick doesn’t think REAL sex can involve condoms”

    “Rick–you make me sick.”

    Just a hunch, but I bet the two of you and most of those insisting on condom use are total bottoms…..which would hardly be surprising, given the obvious prevalence of effeminate, “gender-non-conformists” commenting on this site.

    For obvious reasons, there will be a strong dividing line here between those who are tops (or mostly tops) and bottoms (or those who are mostly bottoms)–bottoms have little to gain from dispensing with condom use, whereas tops have a great deal to gain.

  22. Rick says

    My father and I never used condoms when we had sex with each other and I never got AIDS. Sure, we have each other strains of herpes, but that’s what we call bonding in my family.

  23. Tanoka says

    Sorry Rick, it’s even worse – I’m a woman.

    You forgot the most important thing that could divide the tops from the bottoms on this issue: Barebacking is much more risky for the bottom than the top. But caring about your own health is such an effeminate thing to do, right?

  24. Icebloo says

    Scorpio Sky is the wrestler who thinks it’s OK to stir up hatred and violence against gay people.
    Please send this fake Christian a Tweet on @ScorpioSky and tell him what you think about his views.

    Also, his employer’s email is Feedback@Kdoc.tv. Let them hear from you too.

  25. ATLJason says

    @atomic: Point taken. I was kind of speaking to the larger issue of using “THE DRUGS ARE BAD!” as a motivator for people to use condoms (and therefore not get HIV) in the first place. To me, that doesn’t seem like a great motivator because I think people see that the drugs really aren’t all that bad. All of that is really a little bit outside the scope of this article anyway. I think I was supposed to be talking about whether it’s a good idea for Manhunt to promote PrEP in place of condoms, and of course it isn’t.

    I was never 100% sure whether Rick was a troll until today. I can’t imagine what kind of life it must be to post ridiculous things and then get a little bit of a jolt when someone acknowledges it. Whatever gets you off I guess.

  26. says

    You show me a “top” who denigrates “bottoms” as “gender-nonconforming effeminates” and I’ll show you a 50 year old virgin. Who will also die a virgin.

    thank god.

    can you imagine the scenario?

    *ahem*

    “Hey, let’s have sex.”
    -great, i’ll bottom.
    “what? are you some gender confused fem clown?”
    -huh? no. ok, you bottom.
    “no, i don’t bottom! that’s for fems and queers!”
    -Uh…wait.. so what do you want to do?
    “i have no idea. i’ve never actually been with a guy before”

    *end scene*

  27. Darren says

    If you think condoms aren’t already NOT being used then your living in another world..this is merely an option in addition to all the others.
    To each his own..make the choice that suits you and quite the self righteous bitching.!!

  28. Isaak says

    Rick, I’m a total top and still insist on a condom, even when a lot of bottoms ask me not to. There’s STILL a risk to me too, fool! And if the spontaneous desire for “sticking it in” is so easy to lose, then maybe you should really think about your ADD issues.

    Regarding the side effects, as much as some never experience any and neither do your friends, of the people I know you have taken Truvada for either use, they have all been MISERABLE on it.

    Condoms, boys, there’s really no way around it unless you have a long and agonising death wish.

  29. ripper says

    What we learned from this thread:

    Rick can’t keep it up.
    Rick believes there’s only 1 way to have sex.
    Rick has disdain for his sexual partners.
    Rick has boring sex.

  30. me says

    It’s great that Manhunt is doing this! As someone who is HIV+, I would have been 75% less likely to be + if I had known about Truvada. People are already not using condoms. If they are choosing that, then they should also know about Truvada. If you guys could be less paternalistic and support the information getting out there – just as MH is doing – fewer people would contract HIV.

  31. Fenrox says

    If condoms are a problem for you then you are THE WORST. How dare you take the lazy way with sex. If condoms suck for you, GET BETTER CONDOMS. When you buy shoes, if they are more hassle than they are worth do you just walk around barefoot? No you get better shoes! Get better condoms and stop being such a baby.

  32. Nathaniel Siegel says

    New York City Public School Curriculum for H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. Prevention

    HIV/AIDS Curriculum Overview 2005-2011
    Grades 7-12: Adolescents learn to avoid alcohol and other drugs, which may impair their judgment and put them at increased risk for HIV/AIDS infection. They are strongly encouraged to abstain from sexual intercourse. Some lessons also address methods of prevention, including the correct and consistent use of latex condoms, which can greatly reduce the risk of HIV/STD infection among people who are sexually active. Lessons also address HIV testing and explore how HIV/AIDS has affected our society.

    HIV/AIDS Curriculum Overview 2012
    Grades 6-12: Some lessons include information on HIV testing and address methods of prevention, including the correct and consistent use of condoms, which can greatly reduce the risk of infection from people who are sexually active.

    http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/FitnessandHealth/StandardsCurriculum/HIVAIDSoverview.htm

    http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/5B286680-FC22-497F-9038-1DA6BC9E2F1C/0/8GuidelinesforTeachersandAdministrators.pdf

    Help change some to all. Please teach all New York City public school children and teens the proper use of a condom to prevent H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. in 2012.

    In the USA, you need to be 13 years old before September to start 8th grade.

    Infected and unaware: HIV hitting America’s youth
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-usa-hiv-infections-idUSBRE8AQ0XA20121128

    Young people ages 13 to 24 account for 26 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was released on Tuesday in advance of World AIDS Day on December 1.

    In 2010, 72 percent of the estimated 12,000 new HIV infections in young people occurred in young men who have sex with men, and nearly half of new infections were among young, black males.

    “We are particularly concerned about what is happening with HIV among young black gay and bisexual men,” Fenton said. “They account for 39 percent of all new infections among youth and more than half of new infections among young men who have sex with men.”

  33. Devin says

    I can also see some less scrupulous men telling their partners that “They’re on the pill” when they’re not. Some guys will fall for it, and get sick (any STDs).

    I’m not a fem, although WTF Rick, don’t hate – the fact that we can even comment on this site or that this site is even here, or that you can talk to ANYONE about any m4m sex anywhere, is largely due to drag queens at Stonewall, and the activist “Queens/Queers” that followed. It took the efforts of many types of gays to get where we are – it still does.

    I’m butch as hell, most str8’s do a double take when I tell them I’m gay. I’m versatile and bottomed more often years ago, got a case of something (my gay Dr and I caught it early), and got it resolved. I decided condoms were the way for me, and I started topping more. There are so many guys that want to be barebacked and to profile them, I’d say they often lack self esteem, and the will power not to potentially inflict harm on their partners. They won’t bother with condoms, and they certainly wouldn’t manage a medicine regiment.

    For the drug-fueled party bottoms, wonder how “The Pill” interacts with all of the drugs being done, and if it’s effectiveness is diminished.

    Didn’t know about Manhunt & McCain in 2008, and now with THIS endorsement, I’m closing my account with them – only yielded poor results anyway from guys who don’t know who they are and who can’t articulate what they want. Go back to gay bars folks, and meet real guys in person to have real interactions. I’m beginning to think the internet is just another closet. Sorry for the ramble, I’ve lost close friends to AIDS, it’s horrible.

  34. Manhunt says

    As we’ve said on our Manhunt Daily blog, we aren’t telling anyone to stop using condoms if they already do. But we are eager to help the Gladstone and Fenway Institutes open up the conversation about PrEP and to provide our members access to the facts and research they need to consider whether it may (or may not) be an option for them. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find those resources here: bit.ly/QvSavB

  35. Rick says

    a) I did not imply that all bottoms are “gender-non-conformists”, only that virtually all “gender-non-conformists” are bottoms (if you want to call trying to act like a woman in every respect and thinking of your sexuality in womanly terms being a “bottom”, when in reality it only constitutes being a pseudo-women, totally different in my mind from guys with male identities who like to bottom)……and I don’t have contempt for guys that bottom, only those that are effeminate and cowardly and idolize women and mimic their behavior….and I would never sleep with the latter because I have absolutely no attraction to them…..after all, if I wanted to f#ck a woman, I would just find a real one rather than an artificial one.

    b) “the fact that we can even comment on this site or that this site is even here, or that you can talk to ANYONE about any m4m sex anywhere, is largely due to drag queens at Stonewall, and the activist “Queens/Queers” that followed. It took the efforts of many types of gays to get where we are – it still does.”

    Oh, God, that crap again…..

    1) the overwhelming majority of those involved in the Stonewall riots were NOT drag queens and the “success” of the event did not depend in any way on their presence or the lack thereof…..the gay movement already existed long before Stonewall and would have developed the same way it did afterwards even without Stonewall

    2) “Activist Queers” have not done anything for me or any other gay man who lives in the social mainstream other than embarrass us and deter progress by giving all gay people a bad image. What progress we have made has, on the contrary, been due to gay people who live in the social mainstream gaining the respect of those in power and convincing them to change by demonstrating that, no, we are not all a bunch of tiara-wearing freaks who live at the social margins

  36. Tim says

    Andy’s comment and all the responses so far fail to explicitly say the issue with Manhunt’s irresponsible position: Truvada can help reduce the chances of getting HIV, but it doesn’t prevent transmission very well.

    A key Truvada study in HIV-neg men found it lowered chances of getting HIV by 42%. By my math, that just means you have to have about twice as much unsafe (condomless sex) as you usually do, and you have the same chance of getting HIV. Not what I’d call “safer sex”.

    Condoms are way more protective (estimated to reduce chance of infection somewhere between 80-98%). I’ve used them for every fu*k–maybe 400 times so far (so sue me!), and am still negative.

    The most important role of Truvada and other HIV drugs is in lowering the amount of virus in the body of the HIV-pos guys who take them– it makes the HIV-pos guys less likely to transmit HIV to their partners.

    Maybe one day there WILL be a pill that reliably protects HIV-neg guys from getting HIV, but it ain’t Truvada and it ain’t here yet.

  37. grego says

    i use condoms 100% of the time, but i don’t for oral sex. We’re lectured that oral or rimming can be dangerous, so when so many HIV carriers don’t know their status, coupling condoms and this med may make the difference between getting infected and staying clean.

  38. RyanInWyo says

    I’m so glad that Manhunt dropped in our conversation, but whoever posted as Manhunt doesn’t address the ridiculous slogan that they’re using for their Truvada promotion efforts. Manhunt writes, “we aren’t telling anyone to stop using condoms if they already do.” Well, actually, yeah, you are telling them that. You’re saying “if condoms get in the way” then you don’t have to use them anymore. “Just take this pill”… and that pill is not even remotely close to the effectiveness of properly used condoms. Face up to it, Manhunt, you just told people that they don’t need to use condoms, but the alternative that you’re promoting looks to be about as effective as the ol’ pulling-out-before-you-ejaculate technique. How irresponsible of you. What the heck was meeting like when you discussed this promotion? Were their cocktails involved by chance?

  39. Aleksander says

    Tim: you are incorrect. The study you are referencing that showed a 42% success rate was specifically cited because in those instances the subjects did not regularly take the pill. When the pill is regularly taken, as proven in multiple studies, the success rate is 98%.

    I don’t think it’s irresponsible for Manhunt or anyone else to suggest that the treatment be looked at. It’s rather suspicious that a medication with such potential, approved by the FDA, is rarely discussed or publicized.

  40. ty says

    How much of the “must wear condoms every time” is simple paranoia? Transmission is determined by viral load, and even oral transmission has been de-bunked. It would be interesting to know how many new cases are caused by people who haven’t yet been tested. My thought is that ALL are.

  41. RyansAmoron says

    RyanInWyo – you should check your facts before you spout off and convict people. It’s actually been proven, and approved by the USFDA, to be as effective, or more, than condoms.

  42. Bareback says

    Maybe Manhunt was trying to address the hundreds of thousands of stupid guys who bareback all the time and never use condoms. They think that condoms get in the way and ruin sex. Maybe they’re just offering an alternative.

  43. Mike says

    Condoms are not 100% either people. Just saying!! Nothing is 100%, except abstinence. We all know the risk’s, we all love sex, so who gives a s*&t.. If you don’t want to use it, don’t! If it is something that you would use great. Either way it is a preventative measure, I myself would rather have any other STD than the one I did get HIV..Taking Tylenol and advil also has side effects, but when your hung over on Sunday morning, is that your first thought?

  44. "The Gay" says

    Nobody, no organization and no individual that is responsible would advocate for this drug being promoted the way it has been to the community.

    As “an option” for people that refuse to take any personal responsibility for their own health, however, predictably, this will certainly have it’s advocates. It’s just too bad that so many of them will be people involved int he manufacture and distribution of the drug itself, masquerading as “people in the community”, and that so many people won’t see this for exactly what it is.

    The drug companies have desired this for years, to make all of us patients, to have all of us perpetually receiving some form of treatment.

    The reality however has always been, this comes down to choices. You can choose to be a perpetual patient and perpetually medicated for conditions that are practically entirely preventable, or you can choose to pad the pockets of people that don’t give a crap about you or your health.

    Choose wisely !

  45. BCARTER says

    In today’s day and age, the truth does not matter, what matters is the image. The image that all of us in order to have natural sex, have to be poisoning ourselves to death. The insanity just got kicked up to an unbelievably absurd level. Leave it to World AIDS Day!

  46. RavelTrouser says

    Are the side effects worse with Truvada than they can be for birth-control? I know, it isn’t apples to apples. Many reactions to the pill when it premiered echoed what I’m reading here. I’m torn regarding where I stand on MH’s stance on this.
    Right now, I feel like they are just acknowledging that many people just don’t use condoms and are literally engaging in high risk behavior with nothing but luck.

    To condemn those people in thought is well its the start of the HIV shaming that goes on. There seems to be very good reason to spread awareness of this to people and to make explicit that it offers some protection.

    Some good points that I’ve seen in the comments are the possible risks of drug resistant HIV strains being propogated by widespread use of PrEP chemicals.

    Also, the monetary interest of the drug manufacturers seems…suspect.

    Here’s a viagara, and some truvada, two matching blue pills, I mean, talk about mixed messages.

    However…can we not pretend that condoms are used to try to prevent much of anything besides HIV. No one uses condoms for oral sex and EVERY OTHER STI IS HIGHLY TRANSFERABLE via oral sex. Where as HIV risk has a lower transmission rate through that activity.

    Also have we considered that high-risk behaviour goes beyond sex. Correct me if I’m wrong but people still use needles to get high right? Wouldn’t this be something good for such individuals to use?

    Also…does anyone know the statistics of HIV transferal in instances of rape? My understanding is that post exposure anti-virals are like 60% effective or something near there. So, if you’re someone who goes out and drinks heavily, that also could constitute ‘high-risk’ behaviour as your liklihood of becoming a target (i’m thinking of the classic roofie scenario)is increased. So, perhaps this is another good market for this option?

  47. me says

    I can’t believe how many people are against the information getting out. But you all seem very misinformed both about the ad campaign and about Truvada, so I guess you value your lack of information and think others should be equally ignorant? Please don’t thrust it on everyone, and support Manhunt getting info out there.

  48. jamal49 says

    Really, Rick? Then, go ahead. I dare you. Have as much unprotected sex as you want. Enjoy sex “the way it was intended to be enjoyed”. Check back with us in about a year. Let us know your HIV status.

  49. DC Arnold says

    I fought on the front lines in the 80’s to get us a way to survive and now I see the fruits of my labor has borne acceptance of a pill that is not a cure but a stop gap measure allowing us to forego common sense. Can’t tell you what to do but just be aware the vaccine IS NOT HERE YET!!

  50. ratbastard says

    In what world is a $1300 a month drug treatment “just another alternative” to condom use?

    Posted by: John | Nov 30, 2012 4:11:17 PM

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    *BUMP*

    Yes, it is a promotional campaign and unsavory. How much $ is being spread around to various doctors, institutes, etc.,?

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    ‘The drug companies have desired this for years, to make all of us patients, to have all of us perpetually receiving some form of treatment.’

    The Gay

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    @Jamal49,

    Yes they are shameless. Nobody should be surprised by a shameless mega pharmaceutical companies marketing tactics.

    The Fenway Institute and Manhunt are likewise shameless.

  51. Jeton Ademaj says

    here’s the facts: condoms suck, and most men agree…period. according to the University of Wisconsin’s 2011 study of several thousand MSM, over 2/3 of all MSM sexual encounters in the USA occur RAW. why? because all the bitter, nasty harangues and flames can’t make ANY condom feel better.

    FACT: Truvada as PrEP works over 99% if u take it as directed. the “92%” effective figure was for men taking it an average of FOUR days a week.

    FACT: there are many people who can’t and wont use condoms AT ALL, but who CAN, WILL and DO take Truvada 100% faithfully. some for treatment, like myself…others for PrEP, like many men i know.

    FACT: the CDC lists condom efficacy at about **80%**, NOT 95%, 98% or whatever other laughably unrealistic percent most condom-boosters claim.

    FACT: the CDC also lists Treatment As Prevention as being 96% effective, per the HPTN 052 study, but in THAT study the only transmission occurred BEFORE the + partner on treatment had reached CONSISTENT undetectability…for those +/- couples that where the + partner DID get to tat stage, there were NO transmissions.

    FACT: the claims that “PrEP is 42% effective or worse” arise from studies in African women where testing found they DID NOT TAKE THE DRUG AT ALL, which makes sense since they THOUGHT they had no incentive to…they had to promise not to get pregnant bcuz the drug might effect their baby, and the Truvada given was both highly stigmatizing to be seen with in their area, AND highly profitable to SELL.

    FACT: Chemoprophylaxis WORKS, and makes sex feel far better. condoms work for many…but will never work for all. apparently, they do not even work for MOST.

    FACT: “behavioral interventions” have proven themselves INSUFFICIENT…they do not work for enough people to halt the epidemic. 30 years in, this is PROVEN.

    FACT: this is the first stage of PrEP…already there is Phase 2 studies of once-monthly nano-formulated injections of both Rilpivirine and a new integrase inhibitor…once that passes Phase 3 testing, there will be a once-monthly PrEP option…making adherence far easier. and when 2-drug monthly injections become 3-drug monthly injections, HIV+ people will also be able to adhere more easily.

    if u want to boost condom use, u can go the easy route n cry n hurl insults ON THE INTERNET….or u might try advocating for the design, manufacture and distribution of inexpensive condoms that feel as good as or BETTER than natural (“raw”, “bareback”) sex.

    yes, yes…”SCIENCE IS TOO HARD!”

    okay, i’ll join the madness: any man who claims that condoms (in any current form) feel even remotely as good as natural sex is either crazy, a liar, a bottom who never tops, a woman, a silly dickless wonder…or some combo of all these things. ;-D

  52. Jeton Ademaj says

    BTW: BRAVO!!! to Manhunt for finally putting this link up…it’s been a long time coming, and they should be commended for their courage in the face of all the finger-wagging idiots who think their wagging fingers n poison tongues help prevent HIV infections.

    FACT: when 1 of the 2 founders of Manhunt made a contribution to McCain’s 2008 campaign against Obama, he was KICKED OUT OF MANHUNT.

    to the smear-campaigners, u FAIL, again!

  53. Craig says

    I deleted my account, and sent the following message: You recent promotion of the HIV Prevention Pill. I am appalled that a site like this would seemingly encourage barebacking by using a tagline “when condoms are in the way.” This pill offers no protection for all the other STD’s out there, and does not have the proven effectiveness of condom use. While I believe the people on this site can make adult decisions, it disgusts me that the site owners would implicitly encourage condomless sex given the rates of new infections among our youth who may not have all the facts to make an informed decision. Shame on you.

  54. Lillibeth Gonzalez says

    I’m with atomic on this…you also need to prevent from getting STD’s.Condoms are always a safer way, please don’t stop using condoms.

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