I’m Michael, I’m 24 and I work as a law firm administrator in Tampa, FL. A year ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a neurodegenerative disease that can cause paralysis, and a medication regimen that significantly weakens your immune system. Only a few months after receiving my MS diagnosis, I found out that my boyfriend who I had been with for years cheated on me several times. I mean, we used condoms but we didn’t use them for oral sex.
Needless to say, I was worried about my health because I already have a condition that can impair my immune system. I heard about PrEP a while ago and didn’t think it was for me because I thought I was in a monogamous relationship, but given my experiences I decided the right choice for me was to talk to my primary care doctor about it. It was a challenge at first because my doctor wouldn’t prescribe it since he doesn’t believe in it, so I contacted Metro. I actually tell all my friends to get on PrEP because HIV isn’t only in the gay community, it’s in every community.