PreP and your Freedom
Hello there. This time I'd like to talk to you about PreP. PreP is a new medication that if you're taking PreP it stops you contracting HIV. For gay men I think PreP in the last few years in the UK, and certainly in the USA, has been a real game-changer for gay and bisexual men around how they have sex.
I don't really have any opinion about taking PreP, I kind of look more at the underlying desires and wants. I think what it means to me is typically gay men want to have freedom. In taking PreP as a medication, for me it means you can alleviate the fear of contracting HIV and you can then be freer in yourself, in your sexual expression.
Now one of the things I would say up front here is that PreP doesn't actually stop you contracting a whole other range of sexually transmitted diseases and infections - gonorrhea, HPV, hepatitis - PreP doesn't stop any of those. But PreP has been proven to stop the spread of, or stop people that are taking PreP, contracting HIV.
For me, looking at PreP from the eyes of Tantra, there's something about wanting freedom, wanting the ability to freely express yourself in your sex, and it's like what who wouldn't want that, we all want that.
But for me, finding freedom in your sex isn't going to come from PreP, it's going to come from inside yourself. That might seem like a contradiction, but if you've watched any of my other videos you'll always hear me saying that your best sex starts with you - your best sex starts with you alleviating any shame around being a gay man, any shame about having sexual energy, any shame about sexual desires.
Whilst I think our society has become incredibly sexualized in some ways, I think we are still struggling with the truth and integrity of declaring ourselves as free sexual beings. Imagine it from a different perspective, imagine that you've been on a Tantra week, maybe with me or you've been on a Tantra week.
For me Tantra's designed, talk about my diploma program and talk about the different workshops, for me Tantra is designed to liberate you, it's designed to give you your freedom, it's designed to help you be so much more in touch with your authentic and your real self. That makes you just in that truth, in that honesty, in that freedom, kind of feeling much, much more expanded, much more freer, much more able to be in your truth. And that opens very blissful, very profound, very freeing experiences.
So maybe Tantra's just like PreP. I was considering PreP's become very, very popular. For me it's that wanting of freedom, that wanting sexual freedom, wanting liberation. In some ways, taking a tablet and knowing that you're not going to contract HIV, and maybe you're doing sexual activities in a different way than what you've done before.
I also think PreP's not going to give you the freedom. It changes the practices, I agree, that PreP says it will stop you contracting HIV, but what PreP doesn't do is give you freedom. PreP does not help you liberate yourself, only you can do those things.
I love Tantra because that's what it helps you to face. Tantra helps you to liberate yourself, to find your freedom, to find your your expanded self, to find the love in yourself that you've always wanted and desired.
So just a few ideas there. I hope they are helpful and I look forward to talking to you again. Take care, thank you, bye bye.