LJC123 wrote:So who here actually takes prep?!
Michiel wrote:It is too soon to tell, and there is not enough empirical research about the use.
How much is enough?
aRat wrote:How expensive is it? Do you have to pay for it yourself?
0 for me. The Mexican government gives it to me for free.
If I were to buy the brand-name product, it would cost around $495.51 for 30 pills (a month, or if you take it 4 times a week, almost 2 months; or you could take it "on demand", meaning 4 pills for every sexual encounter).
Generics are very accessible, however, as they could cost c$24 for 30 pills.
A grand monthly just so one can do it raw and it doesn't even protect against other STDs but only HIV
Sorry but that seems like the biggest scam ever. I would never sign up to that even if I was a millionaire. Condoms forever it is then.
It has some effect, though limited, against hepatitis b. And it offers not only better protection against HIV compared to using a condom, but it protects you against scenarios other than consensual sex, eg rape/stealth, sharing needles/unclean needles, medical accidents, blood transfusion etc.
But there are 2 further issues with your use of the word "scam":
1. The medical system is the United States is known to be one of the most cost-inefficient and expensive ones in the world. The failure of Americans to access affordable medication is a failure of the US medical system, not of the medication itself. Regardless, you could buy generics which have been tested and shown to be just as effective for as little as less than $1 a day.
It's equivalent to saying "wow going to the most expensive hospital in the US as a tourist is so expensive, HOSPITALS ARE THE BIGGEST SCAMS EVEEEER".
2. A "scam" is something that cheats you by claiming something it doesn't do. That is nowhere near the truth.