I have a confession to make. I used to be one of 'them'. One of those people who think that, for an individual to be 'valid' and to feel complete, they need a partner. But now - at 38 and with several relationships behind me - my outlook has changed significantly. And why? Partly because of my own personal experiences but also because of the opportunities and freedom I have found that my being single offers... With three years of Singleton life now under my belt, I have no desire to find a 'significant other' or in fact even date.
So what is PrEP? Essentially, it is a pre-exposure treatment (brand name Truvada) containing the medicines tenofovir and emtricitabine, which together help prevent the HIV virus taking hold and spreading. HIV as we know is particularly fucking nasty - destroying the white blood cells known as T-Cells and in turn reprogramming and replicating them, which then (if untreated) leads to severely weakened immune systems for PLWH (People Living with HIV). Without calling upon a science degree - (which I don't have) - in layman terms, the treatment allows for a coating around the cellular structure, which in turn stops the HIV virus from entering the cells and establishing infection.
Note: This entire article could probably be summarised in the following way: ‘When you ghost someone, you make them feel like sh*t’. There is, however, a minimum word count enforced, so let's explore further...
Borstal: "A custodian institution for young offenders"