Racial/ethnic disparities seen in PrEP awareness, discussions

(HealthDay)—Considerable racial/ethnic disparities exist in HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness, discussion, and use among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to research published in the Sept. 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Dafna Kanny, Ph.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed 2017 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance data to examine racial/ethnic disparities in PrEP awareness, discussion with a health care provider, and use.

The researchers found that compared with white MSM, black and Hispanic MSM were significantly less likely to be aware of PrEP, to have discussed PrEP with a health care provider, or to have used PrEP in the previous year. Of those who discussed PrEP with a health care provider in the past year, 68, 62, and 55 percent of white, Hispanic, and black MSM, respectively, reported PrEP use.

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