An old drug has reappeared on the market and is stirring controversy and skepticism in members of the gay community, myself included.
Truvada is essentially the morning after pill for gay men who may have forgotten to wrap it up during that anonymous suck and fuck session they got in to the night before. According to an article by Tim Murphy for New York magazine:
“Truvada is a ten-year old HIV treatment pill that, in 2012, quietly became the first drug approved by the FDA for a new use: HIV prevention. The drug has the potential to dramatically alter the sexual behavior—and psychology—of a generation. When taken every day, it’s been shown in a major study to be up to 99% effective.”
So there you go, kids. No more HIV. No more AIDS. Go bareback your little asses off, and finally get out there and start living the fuckery that is gay sex. But don’t forget your medicine. If you thought you were fucked hard last night, skip a pill and see what kind of guilt and fear you’ll be dealing with then. Oh, and that 99% thing might be a little extreme according to these doctors, but hey, no more condoms. WOOT!
Are we really so condom-phobic in this country, people?
Recently, a new condom has surfaced. Though it is still awaiting FDA approval, the Galactic Cap is a revolutionary new condom that covers only the head of your dick. Revolutionary, indeed! Because the damn thing is attached to a piece of adhesive fixed to the head of your dick. Oh sure, you can attach the adhesive days in advance for that quickie you want to hump out in the middle of Home Depot or Hobby Lobby. But who really wants to be walking about with a piece of tape stuck to their cock on that off chance they’ll get laid? Unless sticky tape is your thing—nobody.
Of course, the problems with Galactic Cap should be self-explanatory. The majority of your penis is still exposed to skin-on-skin contact. It may prevent pregnancy. But that little sock cap for your cock isn’t going to stop the herpes or syphallis or HPV, which, btw, currently affects about 79 million people in the United States. And guess what gay people…Truvada isn't saving your junk either. Sure, it may decrease your risk of HIV infection, but it shouldn't be a license to bareback like a couple of sexually depraved monkeys. STIs are a senseless bitch, especially when you’re being all willy-nilly with your dick and ass.
It’s a dangerous road we go down when we begin preaching about an end to sexual responsibility. Young people are already denied enough sex education without us throwing out condoms altogether. HIV, like all STIs, is still a very real problem. Yes, the stigma sucks for the gay community. I think every gay boy is faced with the question about AIDS as soon as that closet door busts open. I know I was. But, while reports out of the United Nations show there are fewer new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths each year, I can’t help but wonder if we don’t have those annoying ass condoms to thank for it.