Department of Justice and Human Services
Purpose: Street markets in antiretroviral medications for HIV have been documented, but sources of demand are not well understood. We report unexpected findings from qualitative research suggesting that some demand is for informal pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Methods: Focus groups with young men who have sex with men (N = 31) yielded information on their understanding and use of PrEP.
Results: Of those who had heard of it, few understood PrEP to be a physician-prescribed regimen; most believed it to be a pill taken before and/or after sex and acquired on the street or through HIV-positive friends.
Conclusion: Implications for PrEP rollout and public health policy are discussed.
Kurtz, S. P., & Buttram, M. E. (2016). Misunderstanding of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use among MSM: Public Health and Policy Implications. LGBT Health, 3 (6), 461-464. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2015.0069