MILAN CHRISTOPHER GETS PrED’d AF!

milan-750x422_1Rapper and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Milan Christopher has teamed up with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to spread the message that gay and bi men of color deserve great (and safer) sex.

In communities of color, there is so much stigma around sex, being gay, and HIV that people are scared to even talk about PrEP — and many more dont even know about it, says Christopher, an out gay man whos practicing PrEP himself.

African-American and Latino men who have sex with men have elevated risks for contracting HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. APLA Health recently reported that gay and bisexual youth of color, and transgender women, are less likely to know about or have access to PrEP. There needs to be more outreach and better messaging to reach our communitys most vulnerable.

Building on the success of last yearFuck Without Fear HIV prevention campaign, the Los Angeles LGBT Center (LAlgbtCenter.org) teamed with Christopher to launch its new PrEPd AF (PrepHere.org) outreach campaign. The main goal is to raise awareness that PrEP prevents HIV without impacting peoples ability to have active and fun sex lives.

Christopher recently spoke with The Advocate about HIV, the L.A. LGBT Centers work, and how people of color can get PrEPd AF.

The Advocate: Why did you decide to go on PrEP?
Milan Christopher: Ive had friends die of [AIDS complications] and Ive had scares where I thought I was exposed to HIV. This was happening before PrEP was available. When my doctor told me about a clinical trial for PrEP several years ago, I knew I wanted to try it to protect myself. Ive been taking it ever since. I get my PrEP from the L.A. LGBT Center. The center offers consultations, testing, and can help people get on PrEP. They can also help people get it at low or no cost.

There has been a lot of slut-shaming around PrEP. Did you deal with that?
No. PrEP for me was always another layer of protection. I still use condoms when I have sex, but condoms break and accidents happen. But when they do, PrEP is still there to protect me from HIV.

There’s still a lot of stigma around sex and HIV. How do we change that?
The best way to fight the stigma around sex and HIV in communities of color is to talk about it. … Communities of color are most at-risk for [contracting] HIV. Right now, one in two black men who have sex with men will get HIV in their lifetime [if current rates continue]. That is unacceptable. If we dont normalize conversations about sex and preventing HIV with tools we already have — like PrEP and condoms — its only going to get worse. I truly believe the work Im doing to educate people about PrEP is saving lives.

You’ve claimed a lot of rappers are secretly bi. Do you think this campaign can reach them?
The more attention the campaign gets, the more people it reaches and, hopefully, it reaches men who have sex with men who dont identify as gay or bi. A lot of influential people in the music industry follow me on social media, so Im posting a lot about the campaign and sending people who are interested to PrEPHere.org.

You are sexy AF. Do you worry this campaign will impact your brand?
When they approached me to partner on PrEPd AF and help raise awareness for PrEP, I didnt even hesitate because its very important to me. To me, being PrEPd AF means youre protected. Youre as protected as you can possibly be against HIV and youve taken charge of your health and your sex life. I want everyone who thinks PrEP might be right for them to feel empowered and motivated to protect themselves. Being PrEPd AF is sexy AF.

SOURCE: ADVOCATE DOT COM

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One Comment Add yours

  1. renudepride says:

    A great pro-PReP posting! Thank you! Naked hugs!

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