Larry Kramer: 'There's Something Cowardly About Taking Truvada'
The New York Times profiled HIV/AIDS activist and The Normal Heart playwright Larry Kramer on Wednesday as the film adaptation of his play is set to premiere on HBO on Sunday, May 25.
Kramer, who is HIV-positive, has worked tirelessly to bring the fight against HIV/AIDS to the forefront of national attention. He makes specific comments in the NYT piece on Truvada/PrEP that are certain to be controversial.
While he said he “loved” seeing Mr. Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN after being chosen in the N.F.L. draft, Mr. Kramer is dismayed about gay America, pointing to this month’s recommendation by federal health officials that hundreds of thousands of people take the drug Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection. The endorsement comes as many young gay men and others have stopped using condoms.
“Anybody who voluntarily takes an antiviral every day has got to have rocks in their heads,” Mr. Kramer said, describing the side effects of drugs he has taken. “There’s something to me cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom. You’re taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.”
These comments appear to fall in line with the controversial position held by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) head Michael Weinstein, who has denounced the use of PrEP, calling Truvada "a party drug."
Without question, Kramer has more than earned the right to voice his opinion on this issue. After all, he's a hero of our community and his voice was one of the loudest and most vocal to be heard in our nation when gay men were dying no one wanted to talk about HIV/AIDS.
We're curious as to how you feel about his comments on Truvada/PrEP. Do you agree or disagree?