People Are Going off PrEP in the COVID-19 Era Because They’re Not Having Sex
Reflecting anecdotes circulating among (primarily) gay men nationwide, Jacobs has gone off his PrEP for the first time since he started it nearly a decade ago. COVID-19—and the social distancing that has sprung up to minimize its spread, which also involves, well, sexual distancing—made him do it, he says.
“I realized somewhere around March 21 that I was not going to have sex at all for a while,” says Jacobs, who is single. “I wasn’t able to have sex without fear until PrEP, and now the fear”—not of getting HIV, but of getting or spreading COVID-19—“is back. And I don’t want to put sex and fear back together in my lived experience.”
So, because he’s planning not to have sex for at least the near future, he says, until we know more about when and how we can come together again safely, he sees no reason to be on his PrEP.