Rutgers School of Public Health Professor, Dr. Henry F. Raymond, and his colleagues found that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness campaigns tailored for Black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), concomitant with sexually transmitted infection (STI)-to-PrEP interventions, will facilitate greater PrEP uptake, in a recent study.
Research shows MSMW, including those who are Black, experience HIV-related disparities compared to men who have sex with men only (MSMO). Few studies have assessed the prevalence and correlates of PrEP awareness and use among Black MSMW.
The study recruited men who have sex with men (MSM) attending Black Gay Pride events between 2014–2017. The team conducted multivariable logistic regressions to assess differences in PrEP awareness and use among HIV-negative Black MSM (n = 2398) and within Black MSMW (n = 419). MSMW were less likely than MSMO to report PrEP awareness. However, among PrEP-aware MSM, MSMW were more likely than MSMO to report PrEP use.
The findings of this study present an opportunity to delineate the unique factors for biomedical prevention among MSMW and the historical and practical explanations for observed PrEP differences. Social-behavioral and biobehavioral HIV prevention and care programs have not historically targeted MSMW, and so by targeting this population a greater PrEP uptake could be seen.Tags: Friday Letter Submission