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Stigma Keeps Many Gay Latinos Off HIV Prevention Pill
National Public Radio

Earlier this year, Victor Barillas decided to get on the HIV prevention pill called Truvada. When taken every day, the pill is nearly 100 percent effective in blocking the transmission of HIV, even through unprotected sex. Sitting in the doctor’s office, Barillas whipped out his phone and posted a status update on Facebook: Doc, please give me Truvada. Within minutes, Barillas remembers, his ex-boyfriend had sent him a message. “And he said, ‘Wow, really? You’re just being out there and open about Truvada? That’s kind of something private.’”