Experiences of Black Women in the United States Along the PrEP Care Continuum: A Scoping Review

Deja Knight, Haneefa T. Saleem, Jamila K. Stockman, Tiara C. Willie

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Black women are disproportionately affected by HIV in the U.S. PrEP could decrease the risk of acquiring HIV. This scoping review seeks to understand the experiences of Black women along the PrEP Care Continuum. We searched PubMed, Embase, PsycInfo, and Google Scholar to identify peer-reviewed studies published between July 16, 2012, and December 15, 2021. Articles were included if they discussed PrEP among Black women in the U.S. Two authors screened titles/abstracts and full-text articles. One author extracted and thematically summarized findings (n = 33). Black women reported low levels of PrEP awareness and knowledge, and negative experiences with providers. Women also experienced negative perceptions of PrEP from their social networks, stigma, and mistrust. Future research should focus on helping Black women to overcome PrEP-related barriers. Additionally, future research should further examine barriers to PrEP initiation, adherence, and retention for Black women, as only three studies discussed these aspects of the Continuum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAIDS and behavior
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Black women
  • Healthcare
  • HIV
  • Preexposure prophylaxis
  • PrEP Care Continuum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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