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AHF President Michael Weinstein Doubles Down on Truvada ‘Party Drug’ Claims

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Last week we reported on calls for Michael Weinsten’s resignation amid furor over the AIDS Healthcare Foundation President’s criticism of HIV PReP drug Truvada.

Weinstein defended his remarks in an interview late last week with Buzzfeed:

“I’ve had debates on this subject, but these people are jumping to character assassination and I’m not going to respond to it,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest HIV/AIDS medical care provider in the U.S. “My record and the record of AHF speaks for itself.”

“In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,” he said. “They’re all associated with bareback porn, which kind of makes my point that it’s a party drug.”

Weinstein later elaborated on his opposition to the drug:

Weinstein also said numbers from Gilead Sciences (the maker of Truvada) show fewer than 1,800 people have been prescribed Truvada for prevention, saying, “More importantly, the physicians who treat gay men aren’t recommending it, otherwise more and more people would be on it. It’s been on the market for two years and it really hasn’t caught on.” With that said, Weinstein concedes “there’s no problem” if someone’s doctor thinks Truvada is appropriate for them, but said, “I still think that it’s Russian Roulette because of the adherence problem.”

Advocates are calling his remarks judgmental and  “a conversation stopper” when real dialogue about the drug’s efficacy is needed.

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  1. “In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,”

    I would like to see that substantiated.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 21, 2014 4:45:25 PM


  2. “In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,”

    I would like to see that substantiated.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 21, 2014 4:45:33 PM


  3. “In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,”

    I would like to see that substantiated.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 21, 2014 4:45:37 PM


  4. “In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,”

    I would like to see that substantiated.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 21, 2014 4:45:37 PM


  5. “In the last few days in terms of the people who have been yelling the loudest about this, they’ve all been associated with bareback porn,”

    I would like to see that substantiated.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 21, 2014 4:45:47 PM


  6. I would like to see some discussion about the cost of this drug and whether or not it will be covered by insurance.

    Posted by: Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance | Apr 21, 2014 4:54:39 PM


  7. I would like to see some discussion about the cost of this drug and whether or not it will be covered by insurance.

    Posted by: Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance | Apr 21, 2014 4:54:43 PM


  8. I would like to see some discussion about the cost of this drug and whether or not it will be covered by insurance.

    Posted by: Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance | Apr 21, 2014 4:55:11 PM


  9. Can't you fix these double, triple and quadruple posts?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 21, 2014 4:59:20 PM


  10. Can't you fix these double, triple and quadruple posts?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 21, 2014 4:59:33 PM


  11. Does taking this drug eliminate the need to use condoms? Does taking this drug protect you from any other STD than HIV? No, it doesn't do either of these!!!

    So, what's the point?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 21, 2014 5:00:57 PM


  12. Michael Weinstein is widely loathed amongst gay advocates because of his past behavior including trying to steal the Aids Walk from APLA, his push for condom usage in porn through legislative efforts rather than advocacy (force don't urge), the many legal suits he's initiated against other Aids Organizations costing them money and resources without concern to their clients. He has cash flow problems. I know personally of the fact that AHF clients receiving home help have had that cut off for AHF failing to pay its bills and on and on...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 21, 2014 5:01:06 PM


  13. Michael Weinstein is widely loathed amongst gay advocates because of his past behavior including trying to steal the Aids Walk from APLA, his push for condom usage in porn through legislative efforts rather than advocacy (force don't urge), the many legal suits he's initiated against other Aids Organizations costing them money and resources without concern to their clients. He has cash flow problems. I know personally of the fact that AHF clients receiving home help have had that cut off for AHF failing to pay its bills and on and on...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 21, 2014 5:01:11 PM


  14. Michael Weinstein is widely loathed amongst gay advocates because of his past behavior including trying to steal the Aids Walk from APLA, his push for condom usage in porn through legislative efforts rather than advocacy (force don't urge), the many legal suits he's initiated against other Aids Organizations costing them money and resources without concern to their clients. He has cash flow problems. I know personally of the fact that AHF clients receiving home help have had that cut off for AHF failing to pay its bills and on and on...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 21, 2014 5:01:38 PM


  15. Does taking this drug eliminate the need to use condoms? Does taking this drug protect you from any other STD than HIV? No, it doesn't do either of these!!!

    So, what's the point?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 21, 2014 5:04:19 PM


  16. Can his animus towards gay men's use of this drug impede the proper research and development of AIDS drugs within this organization? His statements should give cause for investigation by any parties as necessary that may see a reason for concern.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Apr 21, 2014 5:06:36 PM


  17. There's a reason why the launch of Truvada as PrEp has been the flop that it has, and that's because a great many of us agree with Michael Weinstein and share his concerns about it. Be it specifically a "party drug" or not, Weinstein is absolutely right to question the prudency of relying on a drug that has been shown in multiple studies to present significant adherence problems. He's absolutely right to regard Truvada as PrEP as a form of Russian roulette.

    It's also little wonder why those with a personal financial interest in bareback porn--the despicable Michael Lucas, in particular--would choose to seize any opportunity to pillory someone who has campaigned for the use of condoms in porn.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 21, 2014 5:36:01 PM


  18. There's a reason why the launch of Truvada as PrEp has been the flop that it has, and that's because a great many of us agree with Michael Weinstein and share his concerns about it. Be it specifically a "party drug" or not, Weinstein is absolutely right to question the prudency of relying on a drug that has been shown in multiple studies to present significant adherence problems. He's absolutely right to regard Truvada as PrEP as a form of Russian roulette.

    It's also little wonder why those with a personal financial interest in bareback porn--the despicable Michael Lucas, in particular--would choose to seize any opportunity to pillory someone who has campaigned for the use of condoms in porn.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 21, 2014 5:37:06 PM


  19. There's a reason why the launch of Truvada as PrEp has been the flop that it has, and that's because a great many of us agree with Michael Weinstein and share his concerns about it. Be it specifically a "party drug" or not, Weinstein is absolutely right to question the prudency of relying on a drug that has been shown in multiple studies to present significant adherence problems. He's absolutely right to regard Truvada as PrEP as a form of Russian roulette.

    It's also little wonder why those with a personal financial interest in bareback porn--the despicable Michael Lucas, in particular--would choose to seize any opportunity to pillory someone who has campaigned for the use of condoms in porn.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 21, 2014 5:38:19 PM


  20. There's a reason why the launch of Truvada as PrEp has been the flop that it has, and that's because a great many of us agree with Michael Weinstein and share his concerns about it. Be it specifically a "party drug" or not, Weinstein is absolutely right to question the prudency of relying on a drug that has been shown in multiple studies to present significant adherence problems. He's absolutely right to regard Truvada as PrEP as a form of Russian roulette.

    It's also little wonder why those with a personal financial interest in bareback porn--the despicable Michael Lucas, in particular--would choose to seize any opportunity to pillory someone who has campaigned for the use of condoms in porn.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 21, 2014 5:39:04 PM


  21. There's a reason why the launch of Truvada as PrEp has been the flop that it has, and that's because a great many of us agree with Michael Weinstein and share his concerns about it. Be it specifically a "party drug" or not, Weinstein is absolutely right to question the prudency of relying on a drug that has been shown in multiple studies to present significant adherence problems. He's absolutely right to regard Truvada as PrEP as a form of Russian roulette.

    It's also little wonder why those with a personal financial interest in bareback porn--the despicable Michael Lucas, in particular--would choose to seize any opportunity to pillory someone who has campaigned for the use of condoms in porn.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 21, 2014 5:42:35 PM


  22. Thank God for common sense. Mr. Weinstein is 100% right.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 21, 2014 5:47:19 PM


  23. Thank God for common sense. Mr. Weinstein is 100% right.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 21, 2014 5:47:22 PM


  24. Thank God for common sense. Mr. Weinstein is 100% right.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 21, 2014 5:47:28 PM


  25. Thank God for common sense. Mr. Weinstein is 100% right.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 21, 2014 5:47:31 PM


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