He assured me he was on Truvada. I declined but kept in touch. When I started writing my first Truvada story in late , I wanted first-hand accounts of PrEP users so I reached back out to him in an attempt to interview him. He hit me up on Facebook to tell me he missed our interviews because he was on meth at the time. Furthermore, he had just gotten out of Rikers. I agreed immediately, met him for brunch, and had him tell me his story.
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He was 19 and for most of his life he had lived a relatively sheltered life near Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, the autonomous republic in southern Russia. Ricky-- a pseudonym-- had known he was gay since his early teens but had almost never dated. His relationships were mostly restricted to a tiny circle of friends who had discovered their sexuality together as they grew up. He was careful, he would normally only meet people 3 or 4 times a-year. They punched me and then they hit me with electric shock. The police had discovered Ricky because of one his friends. They confronted him with a video passed to them by the friend that showed them together, discussing LGBT issues.
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I was never going to be treated like a regular American in this country. But though my family and community faced so many challenges, I have always believed in the resilience of black people. I was one of them.
A t the entrance to a sprawling, open-air bar and restaurant in downtown Kampala, a large sign advertises what—six days out of seven—is on offer: Music food massage. Inside, prostitutes in tight tank tops and miniskirts lounge on plastic chairs under the shade of a mango tree, waiting for customers. But for one night each week, the prostitutes take a break and this place of heterosexual commerce becomes the closest thing Kampala—a city of 2 million and the capital of the East African nation of Uganda—has to a haven for gay people.