San Francisco, CA – David Hudson writes for Queerty that at the time of his writing, over 31million doses of Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered in the US. The vaccine significantly reduces your chances of falling ill with the disease. Despite this, some people have expressed hesitation about getting jabbed–and not just the misinformed anti-vaxxer community. Queerty offers five reasons all get men should consider it.
- You don’t want to get Covid-19 if you can avoid it: There remains a common misconception that Covid-19 is just like bad flu. This is not true. There is a very real risk of serious illness and death if you are elderly, seriously overweight, or have an underlying health condition. If your symptoms are not life-threatening, you can still experience what has been dubbed “Long Covid”: Effects from the virus that can last for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. Some research suggests around one in five people who test positive for Covid-19 have symptoms for five weeks or longer, with one in ten having symptoms for 12 weeks or more. A study of Covid patients in Wuhan, China, found 76% reporting at least one persistent symptom after six months.
- You needn’t worry about the vaccines interacting with PrEP or HIV medications: This may be a concern that has crossed the mind of some in the LGBTQ community, but it’s not based on any data. Elliot Raizes, MD, a Senior Medical Advisor for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, told Queerty, “Persons with HIV, including those who were taking HIV medications, were included in the vaccine trials for both Pfizer and Moderna products. Further analysis of those trials will be needed but there is nothing notable about the vaccine properties to suggest potential interactions with antiretroviral medications, including those used for pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP].” Dr. Will Nutland the co-founder of PrEPster and also an Honorary Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “. . . there’s no evidence to suggest that those of us who are using PrEP, or people who are using HIV meds, are going to have any interactions [with the vaccine].
- Although developed quickly, the vaccines went through rigorous trials and testing: Although the vaccines approved for use have been developed at speed, that doesn’t mean corners have been cut. According to the CDC, the vaccines currently available in the US are “highly effective at preventing COVID-19.” Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the FDA, says, “FDA has had an active role throughout the development process of a vaccine, from the preclinical animal studies all the way through the human clinical studies … We won’t cut corners on the evaluation of a vaccine.”
- If we don’t get beat COVID soon, expect plenty more gay bars to shutter: If saving gay bars – vital community spaces whether you use them or not – doesn’t move you, bear in mind it’s not just bars at stake here: it’s the whole economy. Theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, cafés, gyms…
- You can start dating again and meeting men for sex once restrictions are lifted! The greater the number of people who get vaccinated, the quicker life can – hopefully – return to something like it was before the pandemic. (Queerty – David Hudson at https://www.queerty.com/5-reasons-gay-men-get-covid-19-vaccine-20210206)
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