LISTEN: Q+A Episode 2: U=U & PrEP – The HIV Game Changers

In the second episode of Q+A, GCN’s Queer and Alternative podcast, we explore the landmark developments in 2017 for men who have sex with men in Ireland.

Maurice Leahy and Robbie Lawlor on a beach with their dog in the short film U=U for HIV activism group Act Up Dublin

The second episode of Q+A, GCN’s Queer and Alternative podcast is a post-World AIDS Day special, a day we had the announcement that a generic, more affordable version of PrEP – the drug that reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% – would be made available in Irish pharmacies.

ACT UP Dublin’s Will St Leger pops into the studio to talk about this landmark development, how PrEP is changing our sex lives, and why the HSE now need to roll in and support the availability of the drug, and its affordability for everyone in Ireland.

But first we meet passionate HIV positive activist, Robbie Lawlor, and his partner of four years, Maurice Leahy, who are spreading the word about U=U, the fact that a positive person on medication with an undetectable viral load cannot pass on the virus. Having filmed a video for ACT UP Dublin called Love & Suppression, Robbie and Maurice talk candidly about their relationship and sex life, and how U=U freed them from fear.

Q+A Robbie Lawlor

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