Associations Among Perceived HIV Risk, Behavioral Risk and Interest in PrEP Among Black Women in the Southern US
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Utilizing data from Southern women, we created an HIV risk index with expanded partner-level factors to better capture women who may benefit from HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). We examined the relationships between potential HIV risk as estimated by laboratory-confirmed bacterial STIs, HIV risk index, perceived HIV risk, and interest in PrEP. Women had multiple PrEP indications; partner characteristics better differentiated STI status than other indicators. Perceived HIV risk differentiated STI status, significantly correlated with the HIV risk index, as well as predicted greater interest in PrEP. Findings can inform how best to evaluate HIV risk and PrEP acceptability among women.
KeywordsPrEP Women Black or African American United States
Support for the data used in this study was provided by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01 AA018096) to Ralph J. DiClemente. A. Sheth receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (K23AI114407).
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J. Sales and A. Sheth are currently receiving grants from Gilead Sciences, Inc. (CO-US-276-4060).
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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