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Imagine this: You’re in the heat of the moment with a new hookup or date. Things are getting steamy, and just as you’re about to take it to the next level, you mention that you prefer to have sex with a condom. Suddenly, they pull back, saying they don’t need to use one because they’re on PrEP or recently tested negative for STIs. What do you do? How do you handle this situation?

Anyway, I read about this issue online on a regular basis as well, how some guys would get pressured into having unprotected sex because the other party says he is on PrEP. However, it’s not always just about PrEP though, the scenarios vary, see below for examples:

1. Scenario 1: The PrEP Advocate

   You’ve been chatting with this guy for a while, and finally, you meet up. Everything is perfect until you reach for a condom. He stops you, saying, “Don’t worry, I’m on PrEP and get tested regularly. We don’t need that.” You insist, but he’s adamant, and the mood starts to shift.

2. Scenario 2: The Recent Test

   It’s your second date with a guy you really like. Things are moving fast, and when you bring out a condom, he says, “I just got tested last week, and I’m clean. We don’t need to use one.” You’re left feeling unsure and hesitant, trying to balance your desire for safety with the fear of ruining the moment.

3. Scenario 3: The Ghosting

   You’ve been seeing someone for a few months, and you’ve always used condoms. One night, he suggests going without, citing his PrEP regimen and recent negative test results. You express your preference to continue using condoms, and the next thing you know, he starts distancing himself, eventually ghosting you altogether.

Sounds familiar?

While the emergence of PrEP has revolutionized HIV prevention, it’s crucial to remember that it doesn’t protect against other STIs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis. Condoms, on the other hand, provide a barrier against a range of infections, making them an essential part of sexual health for many people.

Moreover, the foundation of any healthy sexual relationship is consent and communication so let your hookup or partner or boyfriend know what you want. It’s vital to communicate your boundaries and preferences to your partner, ensuring that both parties feel safe and respected. If your hookup or partner isn’t willing to honor your preference for condom use, it’s a sign that they may not respect your boundaries and health choices. Anyway, here are words of advice for you if you so ever choose to go bareback.

That being said, the rise of PrEP has led some guys to refuse sex with those who prefer using condoms. This can create a challenging dynamic, where one’s health and safety preferences are pitted against another’s comfort and routine.

Adam4Adam members, what do you think about this issue? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your date or hookup refused to use a condom because they’re on PrEP or recently tested negative? Have you been ghosted by a boyfriend or fuck buddy over this preference?

We want to hear your thoughts and stories. Share your experiences in the comments section below, and let’s foster a discussion about the importance of sexual health, consent, and communication in our community.

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