HIV/AIDS shame culture from Gaëtan Dugas to Truvada
Gaëtan Dugas was a Canadian flight attendant who was blamed for bringing AIDS to North America in the 1970's. Now, researchers say they've found new evidence clearing Dugas as 'AIDS patient zero'. Meanwhile, Health Canada has approved a drug called Truvada for HIV prevention. Radio host and author Shaun Proulx says negative reactions to the drug echo the assumptions made in Gaëtan Dugas' story.
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Day 68:46HIV/AIDS shame culture from Gaëtan Dugas to Truvada
Laura Lynch speaks with radio host and author Shaun Proulx about how the shaming around the HIV prevention drug Truvada echoes the assumptions surrounding "AIDS patient zero".
Shaun Proulx - who is living with HIV - says he's seeing lots of backlash to the drug amongst gay men. He says people who choose to take the drug are being dubbed "Truvada whores".