Damon L. Jacobs is a licensed psychotherapist and author in New York City. You can find out more about his unique approaches to health and wellness by visiting www.DamonLJacobs.com
“If something comes along that’s better than condoms, I’m all for it, but Truvada is not that. Let’s be honest: It’s a party drug.” – Michael Weinstein, April 6, 2014
Although it has been nearly two years since the medication Truvada was originally approved by the FDA for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), there has been scant information published and distributed in the media about this life-changing tool. But all this changed greatly on April 6, 2014, when AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein made the aforementioned “party drug” proclamation.
In the weeks since, there has been a whirlwind of dozens of blog posts, newspaper articles, and even an online petition to remove Weinstein that have inadvertently served to increase visibility, discussions, and information about PrEP to tens of thousands who had never heard of it before.
In retrospect, nearly every action Weinstein has taken against PrEP has backfired and achieved its opposite intent.
When Weinstein urged the FDA not to approve PrEP for HIV prevention in 2012, the …read more