Gay men involved in HIV: Their concerns and hopes about PrEP (Part two)

Published: July 10, 2013

In my previous article, I focussed on whether gay men involved in HIV could ever imagine using PrEP. In this article, I focus on their concerns and hopes for PrEP. This article presents gay men’s opinions about PrEP. It does not claim to present facts about PrEP. As such, factual errors might be included in the opinions expressed, so check out the resources listed at the end of the article for more information about PrEP.
 
I approached HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men involved in HIV-related work to find out the answer to the above.
 
These are all gay men that I know, so they are mostly from Canada. Many people would have different answers, I imagine—gay men in other countries, gay men who are not involved in HIV, and people other than gay men. But since the guys I asked are more likely than most to know about PrEP, I was curious to know their thoughts.
 
I was quite amazed at the response—half of the 60 people I approached responded to my brief three-question online survey, including 17 HIV-negative guys and 13 HIV-positive guys. I told them they could respond anonymously or let me know that they had responded to the survey. Among the 30 guys who responded, 20 agreed to have their names mentioned (see below). I have no way of knowing who wrote what unless they included identifying information, which in any case I have removed from this article.
 
Thank you to the following 20 guys for responding to the survey, and to the other 10 gay men who participated anonymously. I’m honoured by your willingness to share your thoughts and experiences.
 
Al McNutt (Canada), Bob Leahy (Canada), Bobby Ramakant (India), Chris Boodram (Canada), Corey Wyness (Canada), Curtis Simpson (Canada), David Hoe (Canada), Ezra James (Canada), Gabriel Girard (Canada), Jim Pickett (US), Joan Tallada (Spain)  Jody Jollimore (Canada), John McCullagh (Canada), Ken Monteith (Canada), Kent Klindera (US), Mark S. King (US), Raoul Fransen-dos Santos (The Netherlands), Richard Utama (Canada), Stephen Alexander (Canada), Steve Miralles (Peru).
 
Originally, I had grandiose plans of distilling their thoughts, outlining the key themes that emerged, and using a couple of quotes here and there to illustrate those themes. However, my plans changed once I read the responses. These guys were so articulate; I decided the best approach was to let them share their opinions in their own words. So this article is almost entirely made up of quotes, which I have arranged into paragraphs. The quotes from HIV-positive guys are followed by (+) and the quotes from HIV-negative guys are followed by (-).

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