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DREAMERSPIRITT's Photo DREAMERSPIRITT Posts: 1,115
3/8/19 11:39 P

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After sone research and conversations with healthcare providers, I feel I am much better informed!

My gynecologist suggested I get on PrEP, because I'm at an elevated risk for HIV (I am careful, but I am also polyamorus... so that poses an elevated STI risk overall.)

For those unfamiliar, PrEP (brand name Truvada) is a drug that can substantially lower the risk of HIV infection.

The first few weeks of PrEP absolutely sucked. My stomach was in knots the whole time and I had horrible nausea.

However, it's been smooth sailing since my stomach woes subsided. I'm lucky that my insurance covers the drug. It's given me so much more peace of mind.

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12/14/18 5:17 P

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I'm curious if anyone has additional resources on safer sex practices for lesbians? Books, websites, or helpful tips.

I never had to think much about it, because I was in a committed relationship for my entire adult life. Now I'm single and admittedly somewhat clueless, because it's not something I've had to worry about before!

I've been doing some research online and I have an appointment at Planned Parenthood (for info and routine STI testing). I bought dental dams, exam gloves, and condoms. I know to avoid fluid contact and wash toys between partners (and use condoms with toys when possible!)

Any other advice or resources for a clueless queer?

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I'm a huge proponent of safe sex, but I'd also like to make everyone aware of the "Undetectable = Untransmittable" campaign going on.

Effectively, if you are HIV+, being on meds and showing undetectable levels almost eliminates the chance of transmission. I'd like to see long-term studies, but so far it's very promising.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/hiv
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https://www.preventionaccess.org/undetec
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DREAMERSPIRITT's Photo DREAMERSPIRITT Posts: 1,115
12/6/16 11:29 P

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Always a good thing to remind people of.

There are so many misconceptions people have regarding STDs and sexual health.

Remember that testing is important, and safe(r) sex practices are a good idea!

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My pleasure. It's even important for couples to get tested on a regular basis as I have seen too many cases where one of the partners have led astray, or where couples agree to have an open relationship.

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6/29/15 9:13 A

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Very important reminders! Thanks for posting, Kelly.

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