Out actor Zachary Quinto has elaborated on comments he made late last year about his concerns with gay men who are using Truvada/Prep for the ability to have recreational sex. He told Out: “We need to be really vigilant and open about the fact that these drugs are not to be taken to increase our ability to have recreational sex,” he says. “There’s an incredible underlying irresponsibility to that way of thinking…and we don’t yet know enough about this vein of medication to see where it’ll take us down the line.”
His comments were met with a wave of criticism from activist who accused him of “slut-shaming.”
Quinto explained himself further in a Huffington Post op-ed piece:
What troubles me — and what I was trying to speak to in my interview — is an attitude among (some of) the younger generation of gay men — that we can let our guard down against this still very real threat to our collective well-being. I have had numerous conversations in my travels with young gay people who see the threat of HIV as diminished to the point of near irrelevance. I have heard too many stories of young people taking PrEP as an insurance policy against their tendency toward unprotected non-monogamous sex. THAT is my only outrage.
How gay men have sex with each other was unilaterally redefined for nearly two generations as a result of AIDS. I was simply trying to assert my belief that we need to be especially vigilant and accountable to ourselves and one another at this moment in our evolution. It is a tremendous advancement in the fight against the disease that scientists have developed this particular medication. But it’s still early — that’s all. So if what I said — however misconstrued — plays some small part in generating more meaningful informative and passionate conversations — particularly among the younger generation — then I am grateful. And I can almost see it as a way of further serving the community that I deeply admire and respect — and from which I am so proud to hail.
In a new interview, SiriusXM radio host and HuffPost editor Michelangelo Signorile asked Quinto about his Prep comments and the backlash that followed:
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