PrEP Follow-up

I have now been through my first health check after taking Truvada for PrEP. I have completed 3 months on PrEP and all my blood work came back within the normal range. No STI’s and I’m still HIV negative, no adverse effects on my kidney or liver function.My PCP  was pleased with my test results and I will continue on the PrEP regime and get HIV and blood work done again in 3 months!

I am relieved that the tests didn’t show any adverse effects on my kidney or liver function. My adherence has been good overall, I have missed a couple of doses over the first 90 days. Since switching to a bedtime dosage I have taken my little blue pill daily. I am glad that I decided to commit to taking PrEP because it has eliminated my anxiety concerning sex and intimacy. I have vivid memories of the early days of the epidemic, losing many of my friends to AIDS.

In fact it’s difficult to remember what it was like before HIV. I came out at 17 way back in 1978! So I had a few years free from the worry of HIV and AIDS then my friends and loved ones began to disappear. The rest of us were to left wait our turn to get sick and to die but this never happened to me. I remained HIV negative for reasons I will never know or understand.

It’s hard to explain to the generation born in the eighties and nineties. They didn’t witness almost an entire generation of their peers disappear in what seemed like a blink of an eye, promising young lives, many gone before their thirtieth birthday. I do have “survivors guilt” and miss my friends and loved ones lost to AIDS. I remember them often and especially everyday when I take that little blue pill.