My name is Justin. I’m 28, I work in sales, and I’m a Florida native living in St. Petersburg. I wasn’t always making the best decisions about safe sex. I would get caught up in the moment (usually when I’ve been drinking tequila), I’d lose my inhibitions and wake up the next day worried about what I might’ve exposed myself to. Then one day it happened; I had an encounter with this guy I met at Pride and found out afterwards that he was HIV positive.
I talked to my doctor about PrEP and she didn’t want to give it to me at first because she was worried I’d get an invincibility complex and just not use condoms, but she finally agreed after several talks and seeing how scared I was. Since I’ve been on PrEP, it’s changed everything for me because it eliminated my fear of getting close to people. I still use condoms now because you never know who else someone has been with, but I feel much more secure with the added protection.