Time to change the paradigm: limited condom and lubricant use among Nigerian men who have sex with men and transgender women despite availability and counseling

TRUST/RV368 Study Group

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Abstract

Purpose: This study characterized availability and uptake of condoms and condom-compatible lubricants (CCLs) at community-engaged condom education and distribution programs serving cisgender men who have sex with men and transgender women in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria. Methods: Condoms and water-based CCLs were freely available to participants in the TRUST/RV368 cohort. Factors associated with their consistent use were assessed using Poisson regression with robust error variance to estimate relative risks (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Results: From March 2013–November 2017, 2090 cisgender men who have sex with men and transgender women enrolled with HIV prevalence 40.4% and incidence 12.8 cases per 100 person-years. Fifteen months after enrollment, the proportion who reported consistent condom and CCL use increased during receptive anal sex (21.7%–67.1%, P <.001) and insertive anal sex (25.4%–67.8%, P <.001). Multivariable analyses demonstrated independent impact of 15 months in care on uptake during both receptive (RR 2.62 [95% CI 2.29–3.00]) and insertive (RR 2.27 [95% CI 2.01–2.57]) sex. Conclusions: Engagement in care improved condom and CCL uptake over time but inconsistent use remained common. Novel approaches to further increase uptake must be pursued alongside complementary strategies, such as sustained access to antiretroviral therapy for those living with HIV and provision of pre and postexposure prophylaxis for those at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19.e3
JournalAnnals of epidemiology
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Cohort studies
  • Condoms
  • Epidemiology
  • HIV
  • Lubricants
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Prevention
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Transgender people
  • Transgender women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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