Racial and Ethnic Disparities in HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Awareness Among Men Who have Sex with Men
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Racial and ethnic disparities exist in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness and care. We evaluated how racial and ethnic disparities in PrEP awareness among MSM presenting to a sexually transmitted disease clinic changed from 2013 to 2016. Among 1243 MSM (68% non-Hispanic White, 22% Hispanic, and 10% non-Hispanic Black), PrEP awareness increased overall, but awareness was lower among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black MSM relative to non-Hispanic White MSM. Awareness converged among non-Hispanic Black and White MSM by 2016, but remained consistently lower among Hispanic MSM. Improved efforts are needed to address disparities in PrEP awareness.
KeywordsHIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Men who have sex with men (MSM) Disparities Black Hispanic
Dr. Raifman received support from NIH Grants T32AI102623, R25MH083620, R21MH113431, and K01MH116817. Dr. Dean was supported by NIH Grants R25MH083620, K01CA184288, P30CA006973, and P30AI094189. Dr. Chan was supported by NIH Grants R34DA042648, R34MH110369, R34MH109371, R21MH113431, and R21MH109360.
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The authors declare that they have no conflicts 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.
The study was approved by the presiding institutional review board (IRB), which granted a waiver of consent for the use of de-identified, secondary data from patient intake forms (The Miriam Hospital IRB Project Number 216513).
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