Hello, some of you may know me as Rio Revlon or Rio Garcon but you can call me Rio Stack. I am a 28 year old gay male originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I’ve been in the Navy for 9 years and I currently live in Virginia Beach. I love going out to places that I can drink for cheap, so the Cactus always wins, $20 and I’m done! If I’m not in Virginia, I can be found having a good time in Atlanta, Miami or New Orleans.
In April 2017, after random sexual hookups, people not telling the truth about their HIV status and my friend being diagnosed, I made the conscience decision to start taking PrEP. For me, taking PrEP gives me a sense of security. It is self-defense against people who don’t care to protect me. But I really struggled with taking my medicine in the beginning. I hate taking medicine and I didn’t like some of the side effects of PrEP, like the insomnia, so I missed a few pills. But my mentor helped me overcome my barrier of not taking the pill. He sat me down and said “Rio, would you rather take a pill as a precaution or as a result of an action?” And when he said that all I could think about was my friend taking the pills as a result and I knew I didn’t want to be him. So since that conversation, I’ve been taking my pills as prescribed.
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