MUST WATCH: Vice Tackles "The Truvada Revolution" In New Documentary Short Series

If you watch only one thing this week, let it be Vice's profound docu-short on the "Truvada revolution." In the new report, Vice applies its award-winning journalism to one of the most important topics of this generation. Check out intimate stories from all sides of the Truvada as PrEP debate, including notorious opponent, Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 

From Vice's summary of "Stopping HIV with the Truvada Revolution":

A drug called Truvada is the first FDA-approved means of preventing HIV infection. If an HIV-negative person takes the pill every day, he or she is nearly 99 percent protected from contracting the virus. Controversy continues to surround the broad uptake of Truvada, but the landscape of safer sex and HIV prevention changes fundamentally from this point forward—particularly within the gay male community, the population hardest hit by HIV in America. In this episode of VICE Reports, VICE explores the future of the Truvada and its revolutionary impact on ending HIV/AIDS.

Bravo, Vice, for the illumination!

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The fear and messaging that some of us grew up with is hard to shake.  However, I think the benefit of potentially eliminating HIV from at least one of its key populations is worth the risk of potential increase in syphilis or gonorrhea. Taking it everyday would be de facto immunization.

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This is extremely important to talk about! THANK YOU for posting this!!!!!

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Good video. Glad to know about Truvada. Glad to see this site is evolving and finally giving us something that is relevant.

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Truvada is made up of 2 different drugs 

Tonofovir:  More common Side Effects

  • Back pain
  • lack or loss of strength
  • pain
  • redness of the skin
  • skin rash, itching skin, hives or welts

Less common Side Effects

  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • joint pain or swelling
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • passing of gas
  • redistribution or accumulation of body fat

Emtricitabine: More common Side Effects

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • abnormal dreams
  • darkening or redness of the skin
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • earache
  • headache
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • itching skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rash, hives, or welts on the skin
  • spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
  • vomiting

Less common Side Effects

  • Joint pain or swelling
  • muscle stiffness
  • trouble sleeping
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

ALSO TRUVADA does not prevent against the hundred of other diseases and viruses that you can contract. It is responsible for other disease percentages INCREASING

This is not an excuse to NOT use condoms! Use your brain people. This is not a free pass to be a WHORE as much as some of you are hoping. 

cut to me throwing up in my mouth

BE responsible use a condom, respect your body, and stop fucking everything that moves and you will be just fine

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Please read side effects of Aspirin or any other normally used drug on market, its the same :-)

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Actually, in areas where PrEP is being significantly adopted the incidence of other STDs appears to be going down. Likely because to stay on PrEP you need to be tested for a full range of STDs on a quarterly basis by your doctor. SF is just one example of this. Where do you see published studies of STDs increasing due to PrEP?

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I can't even believe the ignorance spread through this comment. 

Want to think about side effects? How about getting told you're HIV+ and having to take those exact pills every day for the rest of your life? How about having those 'common' and 'uncommon' side effects possibly for the rest of your life? How about having to face the stigma of being dirty and unclean by ignorant gays like you?

The only people who say PrEP is an excuse to wear condoms are the people who are against it being used. Considering that (in the country that I live) the proportion of the gay male community that 'always' wears condoms in every sexual situation is down to about 30% it's not like that is a valid excuse anyway.

Isn't 1 pill a day better for peace of mind if the condom breaks or if someone gets caught up in the moment and doesn't use a condom than having to rush to emergency to get on PEP?

If someone is having lots of high risk sex, isn't it better for him to get on PrEP so that he doesn't become HIV+ and then possibly infect other sexual partners?

You say 'respect your body', but how about respecting other people. Your judgment isn't doing anything to stop the spread of HIV.  

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I find it absurd that you call someone who provides a very well-rounded factually accurate comment "ignorant." Then you proceed to support that jab with a bunch of nonsensical "but...but... it provides peace of mind... don't judge... it's better than doing XYZ" types of statements. Truvada has a significant place in the lives of some gay men. But people need to know what it does and what it doesn't do so that they don't end up with any surprises later on. People like you who can't engage in an honest dialog about gay men's health issues should just keep quiet, because you aren't helping  anyone. 

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