Demographic Differences in PrEP-Related Stereotypes: Implications for Implementation
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Qualitative interviews about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stereotypes were conducted with a subsample of 160 MSM who participated in a PrEP messaging study. Negative stereotypes about PrEP users were identified by 80 % of participants. Two types of stereotypes were most common: PrEP users are HIV-infected (and lying about it), and PrEP users are promiscuous and resistant to condom use. Participants’ identification of these stereotype categories differed significantly by demographic factors (i.e., race/ethnicity, education). Expanding access to PrEP requires recognizing potential differences in the experience or anticipation of PrEP-related stereotypes that might impact willingness to discuss PrEP with providers, friends, or partners.
KeywordsPre-exposure prophylaxis Stereotypes MSM HIV prevention
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health under award number R01MH095565 (S.A. Golub, PI). Kristi Gamarel was also supported by the National Institute of Mental Health training grant number T32MH 078788 (L. Brown, PI). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors gratefully acknowledge the hard work of Kailip Boonrai, Inna Saboshchuk, and Dr. Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger. We also thank Dr. Jeffrey Parsons and the staff at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training. We are grateful to the participants who gave their time and energy to this study and to Dr. Michael Stirratt and Dr. Willo Pequegnat for their support.
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