Category: PrEP

A Closer Look at Chunky Asian Boys and HIV in Japan’s Gayborhood:


In the June issue of POZ, we highlighted a collection of LGBT-related books for Pride. One was Shinjuku Story Vol. 2, a photography book by visual artist Kaz Senju. The images document Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ni-chome neighborhood, which boasts nearly 350 gay and lesbian bars, most of which are “the size of a walk-in closet and seat only four to 10 people,” according to Senju.

Those photos left us wanting to know more about Shinjuku and how HIV fits into the scene there, so we emailed the New York City–based artist, who has been traveling throughout Asia. You can learn more about his work at and by following his Instagram @kazviju (we include a few of his posts and photos throughout the interview).


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PrEP Guidelines Let Young Black Gay and Bi Men Fall Through The Cracks:


Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources that identify individuals likely to benefit from Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are not sensitive or specific enough to identify many young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) at high risk for HIV, Reuters Health reports. 

A high proportion of individuals in a long-term cohort whom guidelines would not have indicated were at high risk for the virus contracted HIV over the course of a recent study. 




The AIDS crisis literally happened one generation before us….like my mom graduated from college around when it started. Let’s please stop pretending this is ancient history and that living members of our community are still affected by it.

I was born the year before antireretrovirals were released. I’m 23. And while those drugs slowed it down a lot and made HIV much more survivable, not everyone who needs them has access to them, or to newer preventatives like PrEP and PEP—which means the crisis isn’t really over yet.

Its terrifying how often my mom says “i hope hes still alive” about gay men she used to know in college. Its real and its fresh in many peoples minds

PrEP Is Cost-Effective and May Even Save Money in Many Scenarios:


Because PrEP can avert the need for expensive lifelong HIV treatment, its own considerable expense often makes good economic sense.

PrEP and Transgender People:


Despite the increased risk of HIV among transgender women, TGNB people are still not designated as a priority population for PrEP by the CDC, which prioritizes sexually active MSM, heterosexuals at substantial risk for HIV, and injection drug users.

If you are into transgender medical research, this summary is for you. 

Insurer is sorry it used ‘insensitive language’ when denying PrEP coverage:


This past Thursday, an HIV/AIDS activist posted a letter from July in which United Health Care (UHC) denied coverage for PrEP because the patient was going to engage in “high risk homosexual behavior.” That same day, UHC announced that it was ending its pre-authorization requirements for PrEP, making it easier for patients to access the medication.