“The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir”— Coming of Age and Thinking About Sexual Safety

Peterson, Evan J. “The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir”, Lethe, 2017.

Coming of Age and Thinking About Sexual Safety

Amos Lassen

For those of you who are not yet aware, the term PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) has become part of our lives and dialogues with not only personal physicians but also with friends and lovers. Truvada is the first daily pill prescribed to HIV-negative people that prevents transmission of the virus. Author Evan J. Peterson wrote about PrEP back in 2014 and since then he has been following his own life and his experiences with the drug. He does so cleverly and a bit sarcastically in this his diary which includes stories about sex, intimacy and gay life in general.
He shares not only personal thoughts but also how he goes about sexually these days as he faces

homophobia, internalized shame, and fear of infection that all of us who grew up in the years of the AIDS epidemic an afterwards. Evan J. Peterson is fine writer and has great wit. While on a basic level, this is a book about PrEP, it is more than that. I see it as a challenge to confront our fears and societal taboos and live healthy sexual lives.

 

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