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ACT UP Dublin member Noah Halpin speaks about his decision to begin PrEP and the process of gaining all the necessary information.

For some time, it had been my intention to begin PrEP as part of my own personal HIV prevention strategy, but like many people in Ireland, I wasn’t 100 percent sure of the process or where to source it affordably. Add my transgender identity to that and I really wasn’t sure where I could attend to obtain a prescription and get accurate, reliable information.

All of this led me to an insightful year of research and learning. I knew that PrEP was safe and extremely effective, and having to remember to take a pill every day seemed well worth it for the peace of mind of knowing I’d be protected from HIV. But most of the discussion about PrEP in Ireland has focused on cis gay and bisexual men. I still had questions, like - how would PrEP interact with my testosterone hormone replacement therapy?

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This month at GCN we celebrate the elder members of our fabulous LGBT+ family with an exceptional series of articles and opinion pieces. As our centrepiece, you'll find a glorious photographic celebration of individual style shot by the exceptional Babs Daly. There's a loving look at Bridie's Bar in The George, alongside an investigation of rural LGBT+ life. Greenbow fill us in on what it's like to be deaf in the LGBT+ community and we profile a member of Identity - the group for LGBT+ asylum seekers. There's also a hard-hitting piece on the rise in homophobic violence in Honduras. In light of news that Teach Solais could face closure, we speak to those whose lives it has changed for the better. Let’s rally the community and get behind the West's only LGBT+ resource centre