Lux Alptraum, you remind me of an on-line exchange I had a couple years ago with a small town Ohio internist who worked as one of the only general practitioners in his area.

He had responded to an article I wrote about PrEP, U=U, and undetectable HIV loads.

He lectured me on safety and the law, contradicting almost everything I had written, even though I was simply repackaging current US CDC guidelines and best practice information with respect to HIV treatment and prevention.

He didn’t change his tune even after I linked him to CDC guidance.

My point is that I agree so much that we LGBTQ people need a way to know that our medical providers are queer friendly and knowledgeable.

We also need a way to know who isn’t a good choice. Anyone at risk for HIV would be harmed by seeing the doctor I had that exchange with. Not only is he overtly homophobic and judgmental about HIV, but he allows his personal views to impact his medical treatment.

We need to do better and be better.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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