A Medical Care Missed Opportunity: Preexposure Prophylaxis and Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men

Renata Arrington-Sanders, Anthony Morgan, Jessica Oidtman, Ian Qian, David Celentano, Chris Beyrer

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Abstract

Purpose HIV disproportionately impacts young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective strategy that can avert new HIV infections in YBMSM. Barriers exist for YBMSM to access PrEP. Methods We sought to determine factors associated with awareness of and willingness to take PrEP in a sample of YBMSM. Results Only 8% were currently on PrEP despite many (66%) reporting condomless anal sex, a recent provider visit (54%), disclosing their sexual orientation to their regular medical provider (62%), or a willingness to take PrEP (62%). In bivariate analysis, increased number of lifetime partners, current PrEP use, and disclosure of sexual orientation to a doctor were associated with awareness of PrEP, while condomless anal sex and higher perceived risk was associated with willingness to take PrEP. Sex with females was associated with lower willingness. Conclusions Providers may be missing key opportunities to educate YBMSM about PrEP and incorporate PrEP into comprehensive sexual health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-728
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • PrEP
  • Preexposure prophylaxis
  • Young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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