and was put on a course of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) to protect myself against contracting HIV. PEP is a treatment that can stop an HIV infection after the virus has entered a person’s body.

It must be taken within 72 hours of exposure. Each pill I took for the next 28 days was a painful reminder of what had happened on my trip to New York.After coming off PEP, I threw myself back into hook-ups, the occasional cruising club and getting with guys on nights out.

After a couple of months, I was back to my old self. I’m still on Grindr, but I try to take fewer risks by usually meeting a guy for a drink before hooking up.