Gay porn star Eli Lewis explains how you can reduce your risk of HIV

Since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s, there has been a huge fear amongst the gay community of contracting HIV. Through decades of education programs promoting condoms and the single way to not get HIV, the message was heard and followed. However, today, gay men have a lot more options in their safer-sex toolkit and […]

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Eli LewisSince the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s, there has been a huge fear amongst the gay community of contracting HIV. Through decades of education programs promoting condoms and the single way to not get HIV, the message was heard and followed. However, today, gay men have a lot more options in their safer-sex toolkit and medical advances are changing the decisions guys make about having sex.

In recent years, condom use amongst gay men has been on a steady decline; however, there is still misconceptions and fears over HIV that need to be debunked and cleared up.

“I am a huge advocate for pre-exposure prophylaxis!” exclaims gaysian porn cub, Eli Lewis. “PrEP is a preventative measure for the spread of HIV infection, with Truvada being the most commonly known medication. It is prescribed to be used alongside with other safer-sex measures, like using a condom, which further decreases the chances of infection among individuals.”

The most common argument for people not to take PrEP are the short-term side-effects as the body adjusts to the medication, long-term risk of reduced bone density in older men who take the drug for prolonged periods, and the moral implications made which suggest people forgo the use of condoms and other safer-sex practices.

“All drugs will have potential negative side effects, but the benefits outweigh them,” says Eli Lewis. “The puritanical and fear-mongering idea that the drug created to supplement, improve, and even save the sexual health of individuals was an argument made years ago when birth control was first introduced.”

PrEP is recommended to be used as part of a greater safer-sex toolkit, including using condoms, getting tested regularly, talking to your partner, and the types of sexual interactions.

“I commend those who do their research and decide that PrEP is right for them, especially if they work in the adult entertainment and escorting industries, have casual sex with multiple individuals, or are in a serodiscordant relationship where one partner is HIV-negative and the other his HIV-positive,” said Eli Lewis. “These tools and resources should be out there for the public to know about, discuss with their health professionals, and have access to, should they choose to start taking the medication.”

In order to reduce their risk, HIV negative individuals need to clearly understand HIV and transmission rates. This includes knowing what it means to be HIV-positive undetectable.

“HIV-positive individuals are sometimes the most informed about transmission rates, sexual health, safer sex practices, and they do their best to ensure that their health is at optimum level, which means a high CD4 count and low viral load,” explains Eli Lewis.

A high CD4 count means there are high levels of white blood cells which act to protect and regulate the immune system. A low viral load count is the measure of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), present in the system.

“Recent studies have shown HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load, widely observed to be between 40 – 75 copies of the virus per mL of blood, have been significantly lower risk of transmitting the virus on to their partners, with even more current studies agreeing that there is virtually no risk of spreading the virus,” said Eli Lewis. “That being said, I would feel more secure filming, or even having casual sex with an HIV-positive individual who is regularly tested and on HIV medication.”

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