This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared in TheBody.com here.
The hit HBO dramedy “Looking” follows the lives of three gay men living in San Francisco. And, in a move that shows that the writers are staying on top of real conversations in the gay world, they will be writing a major plotline regarding the use of the anti-HIV medication Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Actor Frankie J. Alvarez gave an interview to the LGBT website Queerty, in which he discussed Looking's upcoming season premiere, and revealed some details about the upcoming script.
The interviewer noted that one character uses the phrase "A House in Virginia" (an older saying that might indicate someone is HIV positive), and asked whether the series would address Truvada as PrEP. Alvarez answered:
"All I will say is it's a big plot point. It's so perceptive of you that you picked up on that in the first couple of episodes because the writers are setting that up for later. That's all I should say. We very much [will] continue to be on the forefront of what it means to be a gay man or woman in today's modern world. Obviously, issues of PrEP and Truvada certainly does come up multiple times throughout the season."
Conversations about PrEP abounded in 2014, but its inclusion as a major plotline on an HBO show would be a significant step forward in visibility for the HIV prevention drug. HBO shows have dealt with HIV in the past, most notably on an episode of Sex and the City when Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones goes for an HIV test and gets counseled on safer sex by the tester. Tony Kushner's seminal play Angels in America was adapted for HBO in 2003 and is directly concerned with New York City's burgeoning AIDS epidemic. The adaptation went on to win several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
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