Powered by PrEP: Jon (1:17)
- Published: 04 May 2018
- “Most people pay little or nothing for PrEP, and if you don’t have insurance they have options as well.”
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I was totally convinced that I had HIV. I think for a gay man, and a lot of people can relate to this, every time that you have a cough or you get a cold or God forbid a flu, you’re thinking, of God this is HIV, I have HIV, I know I do. I was so burdened with anxiety about contracting HIV that I did not get tested for four years. A friend of mine pulled me outside the bar one night and say, hey, my doctors put me on PrEP, and I think that you are a good candidate. It took something to kind of like shake me and be like, wake up, like you can do this. It’s not out of reach. Most people pay little or nothing for PrEP, and if you have insurance, they have options as well. I’m definitely empowered by my PrEP use. Before I was on PrEP, if I knew that somebody was HIV-positive, I was defensive, I was nervous. I don’t have that fear anymore. I can live as I want to live and I can be with who I want to be with. I think the most important thing that we can do is talk about it, and I will talk to PrEP to anybody who will listen, all the time. For more information, go to prep.greaterthan.org.