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I have reached a point in my life where I feel it necessary to take into account my current health situation and being a young gay man, I have found recent articles on the use of Truvada as a PrEP drug to educate the masses on continuing safe sex practices in the gay community. I have researched the drug, all the side effects and also all the benefits of taking the therapy on a daily regiment basis. In accordance to many publications, I have found myself more and more inclined to get a referral script and begin my therapy as a PrEP patient and protect my health both now and for the future. However, it has come to my attention that the usage of Truvada as a PrEP therapy raises some eyebrows in the more conservative and older generations. Case in point: I still have insurance through my mom. I raised this question in earnest as a possibility to better myself and protect myself. However, upon bringing this up, I was met with a barrage of comments such as “people should just not sleep around and not be safe” and “I raised you better, and this sounds like you just want to go out and have unsafe sex!” This not only disheartened me, but baffled me.
My mom has been an RN my entire life and the figurehead of medicine in my family. I love and respect her opinions on many topics, but I feel like it is bias and ignorance that stands in her way of talking about certain topics to her gay son. But with older generation parents and younger LGBT youth as their children, could this revolution in medicine be the flashback to the 1960’s and the invention of the original “pill”? I am faced with a personal stance that differs from my mom and as the person whom’s health is the topic, I feel it is my decision ultimately to decide my choice on this topic. However, I am left wondering, will this new advance in medicine create tension in homes over whether young adults can now be given the choice to be more free with their bodies but safer in aspects, or will this create a ripple effect of promiscuity and writing off of safer sex practices…Will this be a good thing or a bad thing for the gay community?