The Relationship Between Perception of HIV Susceptibility and Willingness to Discuss PrEP With a Health Care Provider: A Pilot Study

Gregory Carter, Brennan Woodward

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Abstract

HIV continues to be a significant public health concern and despite recent reductions in new HIV diagnoses, certain demographics continue to be disproportionality affected. Men who have sex with other men (MSM) account for the largest percentage of new HIV diagnoses; however, 24% of new diagnoses can be attributed to male-to-female sex, highlighting the need to explore the HIV epidemic beyond the narrow scope of MSM. A multivariate linear regression model was used to explore the perception of HIV susceptibility and level of comfort discussing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a health care provider among a sample of men living in the United States (n = 377). Men who had an increased perception of HIV susceptibility were significantly more likely to feel comfortable discussing PrEP with a health care provider. Men who distinguish themselves to be at increased risk of acquiring HIV were significantly more likely to report having either insertive or receptive condomless anal intercourse within the previous 3 months, while men who reported condomless vaginal intercourse perceived low HIV susceptibility. Never being screened for HIV was significantly associated with a perception of low HIV susceptibility compared to those men who had been screened in the previous year. Understanding how men perceive HIV susceptibility and engage with HIV prevention may help to improve HIV prevention efforts such as PrEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • HIV risk
  • PrEP
  • health care communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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