Earlier this month, dailyxtra.com, the online version of Xtra!, Canada’s national gay and lesbian newspaper, posted a four part video series on PrEP, while the printed version of the paper had as it’s cover story Canadians already on PrEP while drug sits in regulatory limbo. We reposted the videos on our site. The links to those videos are in the Related Articles section below.
Yesterday, CBC radio’s flagship current affairs program The Current did their own feature on PrEP, with a more Canadian focus than was provided by the Xtra videos. They interviewed Len Tooley, a Toronto guy on PrEP who is also an HIV educator, tester and counsellor. Readers will recall that a year ago, Len gave PositiveLite.com a three-part interview about why he had decided to go on PrEP, what was required for him to get a prescription in a country where Truvada has not yet been approved as PrEP (but where doctors can prescribe it “off label”) and his experience in actually taking it every day. The links to those interviews can also be found below.
Besides Len, yesterday’s CBC radio interview also featured Dr Darrell Tan, a doctor and researcher at Toronto’s St Michael’s Hospital, who will be launching in the coming months a new pilot behavioural study on what happens in the “real world” (as opposed to a clinical trial) when gay guys are prescribed PrEP.
The questions asked by the interviewer were thoughtful. Len and Darrell not only answered them well but also managed to provide listeners with a lot of information about PrEP while also addressing many of the criticisms we’ve heard about using a medical intervention such as this to prevent HIV.
I felt that if I were a person listening in who knew nothing about PrEP, I’d had have all my questions answered. Listen to the interview at this link and see what you think.