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'Why I Am A Truvada Whore'

Truvada Whore shirt

Freelance writer Christopher Glazek is a Truvada whore. It was not a decision he came to slowly or lightly, but after learning that the information he had initially been given was completely false and then being encouraged by a friend who was already on PrEP, he took the plunge. He now advocates for the drug as a preventative for the overwhelming majority of gay men and wrote a lengthy editorial for Out.com outlining his decision and how he came to it as well as examining the story of Adam Zeboski, creator of the #TruvadaWhore shirt. One of the primary reasons he advocates for the drug is that he views it's a drug that will be beneficial for everyone:

According to a CDC analysis released last year, only 15% of gay men use condoms consistently enough to derive substantial benefit from them. Truvada, then, is not a drug for a barebacking, pornographic minority, but for the overwhelming majority of people who do not consistently practice safe sex. 

Glazek also condemns the "puritanical ignorance" present in doctors, activists, journalists, and government officals which stymies the uptake of the drug, pointing out in particular ACT UP Paris derailing a study on Truvada as PrEP in Cambodia in 2004. Of course the issue of condoms makes an appearance, and Glazek feels Dr. Judy Auerbach, former vice president of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, addresses that issue succinctly with:

It’s clear that for many people, regardless of sexual orientation, the goal is to have condomless sex. Why don't we acknowledge that desire and not vilify it?

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  1. From the article:

    "It’s clear that for many people, regardless of sexual orientation, the goal is to have condomless sex. Why don't we acknowledge that desire and not vilify it?"

    Does Truvada protect from any diseases other than HIV? No? Then how does it make condomless sex safe? It doesn't.

    Posted by: anon | May 22, 2014 7:29:40 PM


  2. #TruvadaCumDump

    Posted by: Alain | May 22, 2014 7:30:48 PM


  3. anyone who uses it without a condom is a fool

    Posted by: Moz's | May 22, 2014 7:33:08 PM


  4. The only "ignorance" on display here is the notion that a majority of gay men engage in anal sex consistently or even most of the time.

    People into anal sex are only ~40% of the gay male community, but comprise ~90% of STD cases.

    They are apparently slow learners, since they now claim to be a universal category entitled to give lessons to the whole gay community as to what is "beneficial" to us.

    If these geniuses had a modicum of insight into the things they like to pontificate about, they'd stop having anal sex.

    Posted by: Pandion | May 22, 2014 7:36:26 PM


  5. as someone who exclusively practices safe sex...I do get shocked sometimes at how often bareback sex is requested...implied...etc...I just don't have the feeling of invincibility that so many apparently do.

    Posted by: steve | May 22, 2014 7:45:50 PM


  6. I applaud the innovative thinking behind this new application of Truvada. Taking an HIV medication and using it for prevention is truly thinking outside the box.

    As an HIV- man, I'm simply not ready to take a medication like this without knowing more about the long-term consequences.

    The website prepfacts org says, "As of right now, we do not know the long-term effects of taking Truvada for PrEP beyond reducing your risk of HIV. It is important to work with your doctor to monitor any potential long-term effects.

    For people who are living with HIV and taking Truvada for long-term HIV treatment, there are concerns about increased kidney function and decreased bone mineral density."

    Posted by: cooley | May 22, 2014 8:00:27 PM


  7. Christopher Glazek is a goose.

    Posted by: petey | May 22, 2014 8:32:03 PM


  8. @Petey.

    You mean albatross.

    He basically wants to be a cumdump without getting HIV not realizing that Truvada doesn't prevent other STDs.

    Posted by: Sam | May 22, 2014 8:57:48 PM


  9. You know, maybe it's just me and my friends, but behaving like adults and taking care of ourselves and being responsible isn't that big a deal.

    None of my friends are taking Truvada because it's stupid, only stupid people are being conned into thinking this is some sort or replacement for behaving like an adult and giving a crap about the people you interact with.

    Glazek is a freakin' retard, pushing drugs on retards.

    And no way do most gay men fall into the category of people that need to be on Truvada - that's a outright lie, and more people should be offended.

    But you can't reason with idiots that collect STD's. I don't buy the CDC figures on condom use, and I'm tired of being told that most of us are asshats. It's a lie.

    Posted by: Really | May 22, 2014 9:12:48 PM


  10. Good lord, people are finally coming to their senses. prep is a horrendous waste of money to be taken because you can't be a responsible adult. from the number of unplanned pregnancies aborted because taking a pill everyday is hard, you're going to trust the population to do the gamble the same with a complexly irreversible condition. As others have mentioned HIV is not the only target that condoms/common sense help prevent. Truvada is a great drug, prep is a revenue stream feed by ignorance.

    Posted by: Epic | May 22, 2014 10:34:27 PM


  11. No mention of Larry Kramer calling Truvada users cowards. Let's have an honest discussion of this. Maybe Larry needs some follow up questions. We wouldn't want to hurt any promotion of his play being shown on HBO this weekend. Didn't an LGBT athlete organization recently just kick a trailblazer out for shameless self promotion?

    Posted by: snork | May 22, 2014 10:36:14 PM


  12. What a bunch of judgmental know-it-all's...

    Posted by: Boo | May 23, 2014 12:22:56 AM


  13. Yeah, BOO, at 50, with a great life, and awesome husband, no STD's, and HIV free because I made decisions based on what I saw going on all around me during the epidemic in the 80's, it's not being judgmental.

    It's called being experienced, you freakin' dimwitted turd.

    But go ahead and choose to be an ignorant know-nothing, see how far that gets you, someone's always gonna be ready to sell you a pill to try and make up for your bad decisions.

    Posted by: Really | May 23, 2014 3:29:07 AM


  14. This really is a judgmental thread. What's with all the name-calling and whatever all the rest of that is...

    I'm in my 50's, have had long-term relationships, open and closed, and I have butt-sex and I use condoms.

    But as another guy stated here, LOTS of ppl try to get me to have sex w/o a condom. In & out of relationships. Why are we trying to vilify people for having sex, or wanting to do so w/o condoms? These are adults; get the info out about the pros/cons and get out of the way.

    I don't want to have to use Truvada, but if the evidence supports it moving forward, I might consider it. I've managed to be HIV- for a long time now & I don't want that to change. And I'm not going to stop having sex as one guy gently suggested above. jeesh.

    Make room for everyone. Your decision is not for everyone and vice-versa.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 23, 2014 9:00:33 AM


  15. REALLY, calm down, dear. It's becoming difficult to read the comments through all the foam-flecked spittle.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | May 23, 2014 10:44:38 AM


  16. What a sad commentary that only 15% of gay men use condoms regularly. That is why I tend to have little sympathy when I hear of people in this day and age contracting HIV (or other STDS). Total idiots

    Posted by: Perry | May 23, 2014 10:57:05 AM


  17. It's interesting that most of the people happily latching on to Truvada as the new muse of gay sex are described in positions like, "freelance writer," and not so much "doctors" or "toxicologists."

    People who work in medicine (I'm an epidemiologist) aren't likely to throw a lot of passionate personal conviction behind a daily therapeutic preventive regimen that's specific to one pathogen and comes with side effects that cover the spectrum from minor to major, acute and chronic. People who are willing to read the pharmaceutical industry's gloss and take the playing down of complications at face value will cheer at the opportunity.

    Posted by: JK | May 23, 2014 11:39:52 AM


  18. Most of these CDC studies lead me up look for sub-categories that don't seem to be there, and which therefore make the figures almost meaningless.
    There should be no doubt that many of the people who use condoms ZERO percent of the time are either NOT ever having anal sex (which is by far the main sexual conduit of HIV in North America) or are in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninflected partner, which leaves them at no risk for sexually-transmitted HIV.
    It is also worth considering that many of the people who "sometimes" use condoms may be having more sex and/or more risky sex than either those who "always" use condoms or those who "never" use condoms.
    The higher the number of sexual partners and/or sexual episodes, the more statistically likely, I am sure, that there is a time a condom wasn't used. In other words, 10 guys who each had anal sex just ONE time last year are more likely to have a 1 out of 1 record of condom use than 10 guys who had 100 episodes would have a 100/100 record of condom use.
    And the "never" group would be simultaneously skewed both positively
    and negatively by those who never used them because they are reckless with their health and by those who didn't use them because their choice of sexual activitiies and partner put them at no risk.

    Posted by: GregV | May 23, 2014 11:53:13 AM


  19. I think it's pretty disgusting, how so many people are so willing to promote a drug combo like Truvada as being so safe and effective, when anyone who actually examines the studies can hardly help coming to the conclusion that it's effectiveness is being seriously exaggerated and misrepresented, and the potential side effects are being downplayed.

    I have no objection to people choosing to use this treatment, if they're in a high risk group that justifies taking it.

    What I object to is the way we're all being represented in order to push this drug on all of us.

    Saying we all or most of us should take this drug is just going too far.

    At some point you have to demand that the people pushing Truvada this way fess up and disclose their financial interests. Either they're getting a pay out for promoting this so heavily and improperly, or they just are so challenged as to not be worth listening to.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 23, 2014 12:15:51 PM


  20. I think it's pretty disgusting, how so many people are so willing to promote a drug combo like Truvada as being so safe and effective, when anyone who actually examines the studies can hardly help coming to the conclusion that it's effectiveness is being seriously exaggerated and misrepresented, and the potential side effects are being downplayed.

    I have no objection to people choosing to use this treatment, if they're in a high risk group that justifies taking it.

    What I object to is the way we're all being represented in order to push this drug on all of us.

    Saying we all or most of us should take this drug is just going too far.

    At some point you have to demand that the people pushing Truvada this way fess up and disclose their financial interests. Either they're getting a pay out for promoting this so heavily and improperly, or they just are so challenged as to not be worth listening to.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 23, 2014 12:16:25 PM


  21. I recently became a Truvada Whore. NVTODD's posting is total fiction. Truvada has been tested and its manufacturer doesn't advertise it for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Stop HIV, and start Truvada.

    Posted by: Gay Palm Springs | Jun 21, 2014 11:49:58 AM


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