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“Just because you’re using PrEP, it doesn’t mean you’re putting it about.”
For thousands of people like Chris Hicks, a 35-year-old DJ from Cardiff, HIV-prevention drug Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has diminished the fear around sex.
New studies are looking at whether the drug could increase “risky behaviour” and infection rates for other STIs.
Chris says that, while he’s “not always 100% safe”, he’d like to see some stigma around the drug disappear.
“Some people will automatically assume that, because you’re on PrEP, you put it about quite a lot and you’re very promiscuous, when really it’s not,” he said.
“You’re just taking an extra precaution towards protecting yourself. It’s just an added thing to go toward your usual safe-sex