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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 10, pp 2779–2783 | Cite as

Knowledge About Oral PrEP Among Transgender Women in New York City

  • Christine Tagliaferri RaelEmail author
  • Michelle Martinez
  • Rebecca Giguere
  • Walter Bockting
  • Caitlin MacCrate
  • Will Mellman
  • Pablo Valente
  • George J. Greene
  • Susan G. Sherman
  • Katherine H. A. Footer
  • Richard D’Aquila
  • Alex Carballo-Diéguez
  • Thomas J. Hope
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper grows our understanding about PrEP knowledge in transgender women (TW) to improve PrEP-focused education/outreach. Research took place in New York City. We conducted four focus groups in English or Spanish (N = 18). Discussions focused on participants’ perceptions and knowledge of oral PrEP. Most participants knew that PrEP is efficacious and requires consistent use. However, some participants were skeptical of medications; others acknowledged that false assumptions about PrEP exist among TW. Most TW in our focus groups were informed about PrEP through clinics or community-based organizations. Some participants felt that messages about medications were oversimplified, and wanted more information.

Keywords

Transgender women PrEP PrEP knowledge Pre-exposure prophylaxis 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Data collection support was provided by Project AFFIRM (R01 HD079603; Principal Investigator, Walter Bockting, Ph.D.) and a generous grant from the Mac AIDS Fund (MAF CU13-3233; Principal Investigator: Walter Bockting, Ph.D.). The first author is supported by a K01 Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (K01 MH115785; Principal Investigator: Christine Tagliaferri Rael, Ph.D.) from the National Institute of Mental Health at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University (P30 MH43520; Center Principal Investigator: Robert Remien, Ph.D.). Additionally, research was supported by SLAP-HIV (UM1 AI120184; Principal Investigator, Tomas Hope, Ph.D.) and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI117943; Principal Investigator, Richard D’Aquila, M.D.). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Mental Health or the National Institutes of Health. The research team would like to thank all participants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Tagliaferri Rael
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michelle Martinez
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rebecca Giguere
    • 1
  • Walter Bockting
    • 2
  • Caitlin MacCrate
    • 4
  • Will Mellman
    • 2
  • Pablo Valente
    • 3
  • George J. Greene
    • 5
  • Susan G. Sherman
    • 6
  • Katherine H. A. Footer
    • 6
  • Richard D’Aquila
    • 7
  • Alex Carballo-Diéguez
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Hope
    • 8
  1. 1.HIV Center for Clinical, Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric InstituteColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Program for the Study of LGBT Health, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia PsychiatryColumbia University School of NursingNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.CUNY School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Medical Social SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Department of Behavior and SocietyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  7. 7.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of MedicineNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  8. 8.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied SciencesChicagoUSA

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