It was almost one year ago that the Food and Drug Administration approved the antiretroviral medication Truvada to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals. That prevention strategy is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. This became the first medication ever to be approved for HIV prevention in adults, marking a major milestone in the 30-year global epidemic.
Chicago-based YouTube hotness, HIV/AIDS activist and vlogger Ken Like Barbie is featured in a smart, sexy and informative video that explains this biomedical intervention. "The frontier of HIV prevention is changing," says Ken. "Instead of just abstinence and condom usage, we now have a pill that we can take to elevate our same sex practices. So, Truvada becomes a safer sex practice in itself."
Ken, entertainer ButtaFlySoul and the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus' David Dodd will be the featured guests in a community forum on PrEP tonight at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. The forum will be held from 6P to 10PM.