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Garner, who has been positive for 18 years, has seen this impact in his own love life.
“The fundamental dynamics between negative and positive men have shifted in a way that I personally haven’t seen in quite some time,” says Garner, who attributes this change to Pr EP "and the understanding of what one’s undetectable viral load means.” As the saying goes, AIDS is no longer a death sentence.
With proper medication and care, an HIV-positive person can suppress the virus in his body to the point that it is “undetectable,” a word that is also increasingly used in dating profiles. That individual has nearly eliminated the chance of passing the virus on to others, even if he practices condomless sex.
Garner, who has been educating the LGBT community on Pr EP since it was first approved by the FDA and is the creator of one of the first blogs on the subject, observed that the drug was being mentioned in online dating profiles and in hookup apps like Grindr.
Moreover, gay men were more likely to admit in conversation that they were taking it, and they were discussing it in an increasingly “empowered, nonstigmatized way.” “I wouldn’t say it’s become ubiquitous, but it’s become more noticeable than it was six months ago,” he says, recounting that a friend he had not seen in years stopped him on the street to talk about Pr EP, which for Garner was “a clear indication things are starting to shift.” This shift is good news for activists like Garner, who work to raise awareness and combat stigma regarding Pr EP, which in studies has been shown to prevent HIV by 96 and up to 99 percent if administered daily.
Until recently, advocating for Pr EP has been an uphill battle.
This is called “treatment as prevention.” All these new approaches to safer sex, Garner notes, have affected how negative and positive men relate to each other because they reduce a key emotional obstacle to love: fear.
“That impacts how fearful they are of the sex that they’re having, how fearful they are of one another as well as the stigma that comes with the idea of someone being potentially infectious,” Garner says.
The impact of statistics such as these as well as Pr EP’s heightened visibility has affected areas beyond the medical world, including social dynamics among gay men.
Garner believes that as a result of Pr EP, serodiscordant (or “magnetic”) couples, in which one partner is positive and one partner is negative, are becoming much more common.
Recent developments, including recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have softened this stigma, particularly in light of the recent CDC report announcing that the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 24 increased by a staggering 132.5 percent between 20.WHO estimates that Pr EP use by gay men over the next 10 years could reduce worldwide HIV transmission by 20 to 25 percent.