Are you the parent of a gay son? As parents of gay sons, especially teen sons, we worry about our sons contracting HIV/AIDS. If you aren’t worried, you should be. 25% of new HIV infections occur in youth ages 13 to 24 years old. That is a worrisome statistic.
As parents, many of us struggle knowing how to talk to our kids about sex, how to be safe and how to prevent pregnancy. When our child is gay, it can be more awkward for us. This is too important to worry about being uncomfortable or not knowing what to say.
When my son came out in 1989, AIDS was still prevalent and a deadly diagnosis. One of the first things I told him was to go to his local LGBT center and find out how to prevent AIDS. He did just that.
Young people today haven’t seen their friends die of AIDS. They think of it as a treatable disease. What many of them and their parents don’t know is that it is preventable with the use of PrEP.
PrEP is a prescription one takes daily and it prevents the transmission of HIV from one who is infected to one who is not. There is a great editorial about how to talk to you kids about this and I highly recommend you read it. It’s titled Parents, Now is the Time to Talk to Your Gay Teen about PrEP.
After reading the editorial, I’d love to know your thoughts and how you plan to talk to your son about preventing HIV. Leave your thoughts and plans in the comments below.