A cute video is helping trans men to learn about PrEP and how it can help prevent HIV.
The animated video is narrated by Billy, trans man who has just started having sex with other men. He talks about the anxiety he had around HIV and going to the sexual health clinic.
‘I never thought after I transitioned, I’d become a big, flaming homo,’ Billy says in the video.
‘It’s really important to me that I enjoy my sex life. Since I started having sex with other gay men my anxiety around acquiring HIV increased significantly.’
Billy tells the story of how he learnt about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP is a HIV preventative drug that is proven to be 99% effective at the preventing HIV.
‘It didn’t even matter that I was on testosterone, it was still OK to start PrEP,’ Billy says.
‘It feels so much better now, I don’t worry about HIV anymore. I just make sure I take my pill everyday.
‘So because of PrEP I feel so much more sexually empowered. (I’m) feeling better about my body, better about my state of mind.’
The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) made the video. It had the support of the team running Victoria’s PrEPX trial at The Alfred Hospital.
PASH.tm (The Network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities) a working group committed to addressing the sexual health needs of gay, bisexual and queer trans men and other trans masculine people assigned female at birth (trans MSM) also had a hand in creating the video.
‘Trans men who have sex with other men have different risks and considerations than the rest off the community,’ VAC CEO Simon Ruth told Gay Star News.
‘There is information that’s specifically relevant to them that often gets left out of the community dialogue. It’s important that we create messaging that takes that into consideration as we include trans men in the continued conversation around PrEP.
‘In the online space, video is quickly becoming one of the most effective ways to engage with people, and we’re glad we had the opportunity to produce this with the support of the Alfred and PASH.tm.’