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


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.”

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  1. "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.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 1:41:27 PM

  2. That website is pure trash and they are further cementing their pure trash title.

    Posted by: reality | Nov 30, 2012 1:44:02 PM

  3. How very surprising... Rick doesn't think REAL sex can involve condoms.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Nov 30, 2012 1:45:52 PM

  4. Rick--you make me sick.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Nov 30, 2012 1:53:34 PM

  5. "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.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 2:03:08 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 2:11:09 PM

  7. 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?

    Posted by: Tanoka | Nov 30, 2012 2:11:42 PM

  8. Also, when my dad would fist me we'd never use lube or Crisco. Because lubricant is for effeminate wimps. We'd just use my mother's tears.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 30, 2012 2:12:20 PM

  9. 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 Let them hear from you too.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 30, 2012 2:16:53 PM

  10. @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.

    Posted by: ATLJason | Nov 30, 2012 2:18:31 PM

  11. 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?


    "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*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 30, 2012 2:20:21 PM

  12. Soon to be endorsed by Manhunt's exclusive porn partner, Maverick Men (FYI, bareback porn)

    Posted by: | Nov 30, 2012 2:23:03 PM

  13. 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.!!

    Posted by: Darren | Nov 30, 2012 2:37:00 PM

  14. Wow. It's a cynical world.

    Posted by: doug | Nov 30, 2012 2:44:09 PM

  15. LITTLEKIWI I heart you.

    Posted by: Arrant | Nov 30, 2012 2:57:34 PM

  16. 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.

    Posted by: Isaak | Nov 30, 2012 3:01:12 PM

  17. 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.

    Posted by: ripper | Nov 30, 2012 3:03:19 PM

  18. Republican whore owners

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Nov 30, 2012 3:05:43 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: me | Nov 30, 2012 3:12:54 PM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 30, 2012 3:14:20 PM

  21. Rick, you're a moron.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Nov 30, 2012 3:23:46 PM

  22. The government should provide this for free though Obamacare ... and it should be over the counter.

    Posted by: bareback rider | Nov 30, 2012 3:33:27 PM

  23. 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.

    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

    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."

    Posted by: Nathaniel Siegel | Nov 30, 2012 3:41:58 PM

  24. 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

  25. 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.

    Posted by: Devin | Nov 30, 2012 4:23:29 PM

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