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Have you heard of on-demand PrEP dosing?

Have you heard of on-demand PrEP dosing?

There's a new way to PrEP!

The International Antiviral Society, the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, and the SF Department of Public Health (among many others) now endorses a second method of PrEP dosage.

When approved in 2012 for HIV prevention, FDA guidelines for PrEP called for taking the medication daily. While subsequent studies have shown that near daily adherence is effective, it wasn't until recently that a pilot study from the SF AIDS Foundation demonstrated that a higher dose initially, followed by a couple days of adherence was also effective.

On-demand PrEP dosage calls for the patient...


Tuesday Reads 12/10

Tuesday Reads 12/10

Facebook Ad Policies Hurt LGBTQ Patients

For months, I have been inundated with misleading ads about the dangers of HIV prevention medications (PrEP). Fortunately, I know they aren't true, but I regularly hear from excellent candidates for the medication that they'd never take something so dangerous.

As a reminder, Facebook regularly denies PrEP advocacy campaigns, but not misleading campaigns intended to scare users and collect emails. The ugly truth about these ads is they are likely sensational just to capture emails and build lists for future ad targeting.

52 LGBTQ Activists say Facebook puts...


The Big Blog Post About Lube

The Big Blog Post About Lube

Lube. It's time to start using it.

Most people don't use lube, even for anal. I was shocked to learn that. So today, we're going to talk about the three combinations of lube and when and how to use them.

Research says that lube not only reduces tearing and sexually transmitted infections, but also increases pleasure for both parties (or more if that's your thing).

So start using lube! Water, Silicone, or Oil, we don't care.

Water-based Lube

This is the most common type of lube.

If you've picked up free samples at the bar...


Tuesday Reads 12/3

Tuesday Reads 12/3

A Tale of Two Americas

It is the best of times. It is the worst of times.

Depending on where you live, HIV could be nearly defeated, or it could be raging through your community. As each year passes, the separation grows wider and wider.

This week's news was a perfect encapsulation of our divided country and the state of HIV in America


World AIDS Day

Every December 1st, we remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and recognize the work done to help infected persons to live long, healthy lives.

Sex...


The Miseducation of Boerum Hill

The Miseducation of Boerum Hill

Spreading the Word

Apicha Community Health Center provides services for Asian and Pacific Islander persons, the LGBTQ community, and affected by HIV/AIDS. Last week, they tried to run an instagram ad promoting the use of PrEP.

Their ad was denied for being too political.

VICE has a great write up

Sharing is Caring

When we can't count on a retweet getting important messages out, how do we share with our communities?

Have you noticed the deluge of ads on Instagram and Facebook about a class-action lawsuit on behalf of PrEP users? It suggests the drug is...