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We’re PrEPared.

Sydney man and friend of the show, Steve Spencer, recently spoke with the Star Observer about his experience becoming HIV-positive having used On Demand PrEP.

On Demand PrEP is a way of taking anti-HIV medication before and after sex – rather than every single day. Since Steve’s article was released – community has rallied behind him in support of his well articulated, fact-based, and informative words supporting PrEP, and fighting HIV stigma as a person now living with HIV.

Some community had questions. Some of the wider mainstream media and public opinion has been fear based, and stigma driven. Steve joins us in the studio to talk about what happened, and answer come questions directly from the community.

First, Tim and Michael give you a crash course in the efficacy of PrEP as a strategy, and how On Demand PrEP fits the equation.

Steve joins us to talk about his story, and what lies ahead now as an HIV-positive person.

Steve sticks around to answer questions – directly from the community.

We ran a Q&A on our Instagram @hideandseekonjoy  and Steve will continue to answer questions as best he can so head over to Instagram to check out our story.


Facts are facts!

Some of the great resources we talk about this week:

Steve’s article by Nic Holas for the Star Observer 

PAN [PrEPaccessNOW] – pan.org.au

PrEP’D For Change – prepdforchange.com

Rinse And Repeat’s Whatever Comes Your Way

Thorne Harbour Health’s On Demand PrEP video 

The Institute of Many – the largest peer-based grassroots movement for people living with HIV in Australia – theinstituteofmany.org

PrEP outside Australia? Head to Please PrEP Me – pleaseprepme.global


About the author: Michael


Michael is a Health Educator at Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council), working in the Sexually Adventurous Men (SAM) Project and it's Down an' Dirty campaign.

- Michael is a producer, co-host and podcast editor for Well, Well, Well @ 8pm Thursday nights on JOY discussing sex, health, and well-being in our LGBTI communities.

- Michael is a producer, co-host and podcast editor for Hide and Seek @ 9pm Wednesday nights on JOY discussing gay men's sex!

Michael is also a PrEP advocate with PAN [PrEPaccessNOW], and enjoys a well made negroni.


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