Scott Shackford on HIV Prevention Pills and Gay Slut-Shaming


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If you're not in a category at high-risk of HIV infection, you may not know about Truvada, an HIV treatment drug that has also been approved as a preventative. The idea that a daily pill could supplement—or maybe even replace—condom use has caused a bit of a rift among HIV activists and the gay community about sexual responsibility. Oddly, the arguments against Truvada seem fairly similar to the kinds of criticism levied against condoms as well: that people won't remember to use it and that it encourages sexual excess. Reason 24/7 Associate Editor Scott Shackford takes a look at the arguments and the moral judgments being tossed around at people for pursuing additional methods of infection prevention.