Knowledge About Oral PrEP Among Transgender Women in New York City
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This paper grows our understanding about PrEP knowledge in transgender women (TW) to improve PrEP-focused education/outreach. Research took place in New York City. We conducted four focus groups in English or Spanish (N = 18). Discussions focused on participants’ perceptions and knowledge of oral PrEP. Most participants knew that PrEP is efficacious and requires consistent use. However, some participants were skeptical of medications; others acknowledged that false assumptions about PrEP exist among TW. Most TW in our focus groups were informed about PrEP through clinics or community-based organizations. Some participants felt that messages about medications were oversimplified, and wanted more information.
KeywordsTransgender women PrEP PrEP knowledge Pre-exposure prophylaxis
Data collection support was provided by Project AFFIRM (R01 HD079603; Principal Investigator, Walter Bockting, Ph.D.) and a generous grant from the Mac AIDS Fund (MAF CU13-3233; Principal Investigator: Walter Bockting, Ph.D.). The first author is supported by a K01 Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (K01 MH115785; Principal Investigator: Christine Tagliaferri Rael, Ph.D.) from the National Institute of Mental Health at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University (P30 MH43520; Center Principal Investigator: Robert Remien, Ph.D.). Additionally, research was supported by SLAP-HIV (UM1 AI120184; Principal Investigator, Tomas Hope, Ph.D.) and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (P30 AI117943; Principal Investigator, Richard D’Aquila, M.D.). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Mental Health or the National Institutes of Health. The research team would like to thank all participants.
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