Stigma Around PrEP Takes on Several Forms

DUNCAN OSBORNE | Gay City News | December 3, 2015

Various forms of stigma and a lack of education about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) may be keeping people at risk for acquiring HIV from using the HIV prevention drug regimen, panelists at a November 19 town hall said.

Tiffany M., a transgender woman and one of the five panelists, described an encounter she had with a male sex partner. She disclosed that she was on PrEP after they had sex and the man immediately assumed that she was HIV-positive. With the man threatening violence, she had to have a lengthy conversation with him to prove that PrEP is an HIV prevention tool and not treatment for the virus.

“It just turned into a whole big thing,” she said at the event, which was held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. “People should know more about the medication.”

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