AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 1871–1876 | Cite as

Associations Among Perceived HIV Risk, Behavioral Risk and Interest in PrEP Among Black Women in the Southern US

  • Jessica M. SalesEmail author
  • Anandi N. Sheth
Original Paper


Utilizing data from Southern women, we created an HIV risk index with expanded partner-level factors to better capture women who may benefit from HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). We examined the relationships between potential HIV risk as estimated by laboratory-confirmed bacterial STIs, HIV risk index, perceived HIV risk, and interest in PrEP. Women had multiple PrEP indications; partner characteristics better differentiated STI status than other indicators. Perceived HIV risk differentiated STI status, significantly correlated with the HIV risk index, as well as predicted greater interest in PrEP. Findings can inform how best to evaluate HIV risk and PrEP acceptability among women.


PrEP Women Black or African American United States 



Support for the data used in this study was provided by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01 AA018096) to Ralph J. DiClemente. A. Sheth receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (K23AI114407).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

J. Sales and A. Sheth are currently receiving grants from Gilead Sciences, Inc. (CO-US-276-4060).

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution 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.Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of MedicineEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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