Heather Boerner is an award-winning journalist who specializes in storytelling on healthcare issues. She's most interested in how people choose between equally important needs.
Forty-six-year-old Oshay was making breakfast in her Newark kitchen in May 2013 when her boyfriend came downstairs and dropped a bomb.
“I have HIV,” he told her.
Her first reaction was, “It can’t be.” After all, the couple had been together for a decade.
They’d had sex without condoms lots of times. After the shock wore off, she said she headed to the closest hospital for a rapid HIV test.
The result? Negative.
Oshay is one of 25 women in Newark who so far have participated in research into the prevention approach, called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The hope is that it can prevent the HIV-negative people from getting the virus that leads to AIDS as well as — or better — than condoms.