Welcome to PrEP Squad TO, a community of African, Caribbean and Black gay, bisexual male or transpersons who have sex with men, who are owning our sexual health!
If you are interested in learning more about PrEP and how to protect yourself and your partner(s), you’re in the right place.
Check out the information on this site to find out how you can become one of the squad!
Before we go any further, we want to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to PrEP Squad DC for their vision and cutting-edge work that inspired us to create our own version for guys in Toronto.
So, what's the
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is an anti-HIV pill you can take if you are HIV-negative, and the person you’re having sex with is HIV+ and doesn’t have an undetectable* viral load.
* Undetectable viral load means that the HIV virus level in the body is low enough that it can’t be detected by a viral load test. At this point, folks cannot pass on HIV to someone else. That’s where the U=U slogan comes from; treatment is actually a form of prevention.
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Why should I take PrEP?
If you’re HIV-negative, PrEP can help keep it that way. Just because we know the benefits of using condoms, doesn’t mean that we always end up using them. There are so many situations and complications that come up in our sex lives. Maybe you or your partner(s) don’t like the feeling of using condoms. You might not know your partner’s HIV status, either because you don’t feel comfortable asking, they aren’t willing to share that information or they don’t get tested.
PrEP might be a good way for you to protect yourself from HIV, find out more. And unlike a condom, taking PrEP doesn’t depend on your partner and they don’t even have to know you’re on it. There’s one thing we need to make clear though: PrEP does not prevent you from getting any other STI except HIV.
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A few Quick FAQ's:
Is PrEP really
I heard PrEP is for bottoms. I’m a top, so I’m safe without it, right?
That's not true! Bottoms (receiving partner) are at a higher risk of getting HIV than tops (penetrating partner) for biological reasons, but either can contract HIV from sex. PrEP can protect you from HIV regardless of your position.
How does PrEP really work?
Will I be shamed for using PrEP?
Our society is still holding on to stigma and discrimination based on HIV status, sexuality, race, etc. Some people might make assumptions about your HIV status, sex life, morals, etc. if they know you take PrEP. It isn’t right or fair, but at the end of the day, you need to make decisions to protect your body and stay healthy. The PrEP Squad TO family will always have your back!
PrEP is definitely safe and works if used properly. It was approved by Health Canada in 2016. Every medication does come with side effects.
PrEP is a pill that prevents folks from getting HIV by blocking the HIV virus from multiplying and taking over your immune system. This way you don’t get infected and you stay HIV-negative.