I have to reproduce this here, because if I copied it out by hand, nobody would believe a gay man actually came up with this humbug:
This was not sent to me on Grindr, but to an acquaintance. Some of these notions are just silly, but I’ve been googling the more outlandish allegations mentioned for the last hour and a half, and I cannot figure out where “Prince” even begins to get these ideas from. There’s some misinformation about PrEP out there, some about the efficacy of it, much about the supposed morality of anyone who would be taking it, and there are websites that perpetuate those lies, but these slanders I can’t even find a source for.
Other than the completely made-up bullshit, he ascribes to Truvada adipose wasting; this was true of far older medications which saved the lives of thousands a few decades ago, but which we don’t use any more. He accuses drug companies not of gross misinformation, but absolute lies, something the FDA wouldn’t stand for, and which our experience with so many thousands of HIV-positive gay men who have been taking Truvada and Truvada-based therapies in some cases for over ten years will simply vouch against. And finally, that last text says it all: the writer of these texts is heartless.
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Many of us are on PrEP, not out of any rampant fear of infection, not out of any supposed inclination to whore ourselves out irresponsibly, and not really out of any sort of political solidarity with the rest of the intelligent gay community (though if you’re smart, you’ve at least considered the possibility of PrEP!). We do it out of love for each other and so that we keep each other as safe and healthy as possible. We use it as one more tool of many to contain the spread of the infection among our friends and loved ones with whom we curl up. We pornstars do it to help keep the studios we work with remain safe places where THIS doesn’t happen. We all do it for the better well-being of our community and in the hopes that by reducing the number of new infections we do to HIV what vaccination did to Smallpox in the 1960’s.
This catalog of lies at least fell on the ears of someone who recognized them as just that, lies. It’s possible there are still many of us not yet so versed. Please, guys, if you ever see anyone spouting this bullshit, call them out on it. They need to know better, and this contagion of misinformation needs to be contained just as much as the infection itself. It is, after all, far more dangerous; HIV is still a nuisance, if not the threat it was even ten years ago. Lies like these can jeopardize lives, even ruin lives, if not end them.