The Association Between Disclosure of Same Sex Behavior to Healthcare Providers and PrEP Awareness Among BMSM in Baltimore
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The goal of this study was to explore the association between disclosure of same sex behavior to a healthcare provider and PrEP awareness in a sample of 192 Black MSM in Baltimore. After adjusting for age, education, sexual identity and employment status, we observed a trend of greater PrEP awareness among Black MSM who disclosed same sex behaviors to healthcare providers (adjusted odds ratio = 2.24, p = 0.08). This study provides new evidence of potential benefit of disclosure of same sex behavior to healthcare providers for awareness of new HIV biomedical interventions. Findings highlight the need to support patient–provider communication on sexual behaviors and PrEP with key populations at risk of HIV.
KeywordsMSM Disclosure of same sex behavior PrEP awareness HIV
This study was funded by R01DA031030 and R01DA040488 from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, R00AA020782 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R34MH116725 from the National Institute of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (P30AI094189).
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All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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