To PrEP or not to PrEP?

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Live Audience + Nationwide Q&A with Experts on PrEP, the HIV-Preventive Pill 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 2 p.m.  

Live from Urban Mo’s in the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego’s Famed LGBTQ Community ~ 308 University Ave, San Diego, 92103 


Highlights at WEHO TimesGay San Diego News and other media outlets.

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Headliner: Benjamin ryan, Editor at Large, POZ MAga

More people than ever are asking if, how and when they should take Gilead Sciences’ prescription-only prophylaxis, which is reportedly more than 99 percent effective at preventing new HIV infections.

That’s why LGBTs In The News has gathered a group of PrEP experts who are passionate, supremely informed, casually approachable—and eager to engage with you!

We’re proud to announce, from the worlds of journalism, sex-positivity, community organizing, medicine, HIV prevention and research—as well as peer advocacy, a lineup of panelists for the next engagement of America’s best-known, longest-touring LGBTQ live-discussion panel series… 

Just added: Timothy Ray Brown, “the Berlin Patient,” Lukas Volk, community organizer, Blossom Brown, transgender-health advocate and Los Angeles LGBT Center PrEP navigator, and Susan Little, M.D., professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UCSD.

About our Headliner

Benjamin Ryan is editor at large at POZ magazine and its sister publication Hep. Ben covers the science of HIV and hepatitis C. His work has appeared in The New York TimesNew YorkThe NationThe AtlanticThe Marshall ProjectThe Village VoiceQuartz, Out and The Advocate.

For his reporting on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which protects against HIV, Ben Ryan received the 2015 Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award and a silver medal for health and fitness coverage in 2016 from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Ben has written about PrEP more than any other American journalist, having penned nearly 275 articles on the topic. 

Ben is a sought-after guest for HIV-related panels, has spoken about PrEP on NPR and Sirius Satellite Radio, and has lectured about PrEP at Columbia University. He’s also conducted HIV-related research and written educational campaigns about HIV for Kaiser Family Foundation.

Benjamin Ryan’s personal investment in the HIV field began in 1995 with extensive volunteer work in the public policy department at the Northwest AIDS Foundation in Seattle. He has also volunteered as an HIV test counselor at Columbia University Health Services

He graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2001, with departmental honors in English and an honors creative writing certificate. 

RSVP to this FREE event by emailing your name and number of guests to [email protected]. RSVP now. Seating is limited. Return to for links, hashtags, live-streaming, and more information. Questions submitted from around the country via social media will be answered live during the event Sept. 22.

“I take something of an agnostic view, looking for data-driven facts over any kind of an activist agenda. It is not my job to promote PrEP, but to advance an up-to-date understanding of the science behind PrEP. That’s not just the science about how it works for the individual, but research about how it is winding its way into the health care system and how it works on a public-health level. People often ask me, simplistically, if I’m, “pro- or anti-PrEP.” I tell them they’re asking the wrong question.”

Benjamin Ryan

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