AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 1925–1938 | Cite as

Predicting Pharmacist Dispensing Practices and Comfort Related to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention (PrEP)

  • B. E. MeyersonEmail author
  • P. C. DinhJr
  • J. D. Agley
  • B. J. Hill
  • D. N. Motley
  • G. A. Carter
  • W. Jayawardene
  • P. T. Ryder
Original Paper


To identify factors associated with pharmacist dispensing practice and comfort counseling patients about pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP). Cross-sectional 2016 census of Indiana managing pharmacists measured PrEP awareness, comfort dispensing and counseling patients. Modified Poisson models with robust error variance estimated relative risks and confidence intervals. 15.8% of 284 pharmacists had dispensed PrEP and 11.6% had consulted about it. Dispensing and comfort counseling were associated with confidence in knowledge about PrEP medication adherence and adverse effects of PrEP medication; awareness about PrEP before the survey, number of full time pharmacists in their pharmacy, and increases in new HIV cases from 2015 to 2016 in communities served. Comfort counseling about PrEP was associated with the belief that pharmacists can be an important resource for HIV and HCV treatment.


PrEP HIV prevention Pharmacy practice Pharmacist 


Identificar los factores asociados con la práctica de dispensación de farmacéuticos y aconsejar a los pacientes sobre la profilaxis previa a la exposición para la prevención del VIH (PrEP). El censo transversal de 2016 de los farmacéuticos de Indiana midió el conocimiento de PrEP, la dispensación de la comodidad y el asesoramiento a los pacientes. Los modelos de Poisson modificados con una varianza de error robusta estimaron los riesgos relativos y los intervalos de confianza. El 15.8% de los 284 farmacéuticos habían dispensado PrEP y el 11.6% había consultado al respecto. El asesoramiento sobre la dispensación y la comodidad se asociaron con la confianza en el conocimiento sobre la adherencia a la medicación con PrEP y los efectos adversos de la medicación con PrEP; conocimiento sobre PrEP antes de la encuesta, número de farmacéuticos a tiempo completo en su farmacia, y aumentos en nuevos casos de VIH desde 2015 hasta 2016 en las comunidades atendidas. El asesoramiento de comodidad sobre la PrEP se asoció con la creencia de que los farmacéuticos pueden ser un recurso importante para el tratamiento del VIH y el VHC.



This study was funded in part by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute by Award Number UL1TR001108 from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Clinical and Translational Sciences. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. It was also funded in part by the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Faculty Research Grant Program.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Research Involving Human Participants

This study was deemed exempt by the Indiana University IRB. Informed consent was obtained from all individuals participating in the study. 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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University School of Public Health-BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Rural Center for AIDS/STD PreventionIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Indiana Prevention Research CenterIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Research on Addictive BehaviorIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  5. 5.Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3)The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Indiana University School of NursingBloomingtonUSA
  7. 7.Larkin University College of PharmacyMiamiUSA
  8. 8.Planned Parenthood Great PlainsOverland ParkUSA

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