Courtney Act, ‘Drag Race’ Alum, Shares Experience with Using PEP After HIV Scare

Ensuring that gay men and the rest of the world’s population are familiar with preventative measures like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) are huge tools in the battle against HIV/AIDS, and one RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna is doing her part to assist in that battle of education.

Courtney Act, who hails from Australia and appeared on the drag competition show’s sixth season, released a video today—timed with World HIV Day—in which she recounts a harrowing experience: “Last week I had unprotected sex with somebody who I found out was HIV-positive—which, on my behalf, wasn’t a smart decision. I should have taken more precautions and used a condom or other precautions like PrEP.”

Act’s fears were lessened thanks to PEP, a combination of anti-retroviral drugs, usually used to treat HIV, that when taken up to 72 hours after potential exposure, for 28 days, can prevent seroconversion.

The drag star says that after speaking to some friends after the HIV scare, she discovered that PEP is widely available to the public, specifically at many ERs, free clinics and urgent care facilities.

“I think it’s an important thing for people to know about,” Act says in the video from a Syracuse emergency room. “Here’s to making smarter choices in the future.”

Watch the video below:

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