HIV/AIDS

With PrEP from San Francisco


Nadji Dawkins' story

Nadji Dawkins is a 26-year-old radio host who lives in Oakland, San Francisco. He started accessing PrEP in 2013.

The words “Please PrEP Me” on his cheek are to promote a new public directory of PrEP providers in California
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"I’m a sexually active, gay, black man. I don’t always use a condom, and I used to spend a lot of time anxiously waiting for a phone call to hear my HIV test results. But now I use an additional form of protection. A pill that’s over 90% effective at preventing HIV if you take it every day… The drug is preventative, but some people assume that I take it because I want to have lots of unprotected sex, which isn’t true. In fact, it’s the opposite. Even though Truvada has made the risk of HIV less of an issue for me, I actually wear condoms more now than I used to. I do it because I’m more aware of protection.”

The words “Please PrEP Me” on his cheek are to promote a new public directory of PrEP providers in California, founded by Shannon Weber in 2014.