Preferences for HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Products Among Black Women in the U.S.

Whitney C. Irie, Sarah K. Calabrese, Rupa Patel, Kenneth H. Mayer, Elvin H. Geng, Julia L. Marcus

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Abstract

In a nationwide sample of Black women in the U.S., we assessed preferences for HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) products, including long-acting injectable (LAI) PrEP and once-daily oral PrEP. Among 315 respondents, 32.1% were aware of PrEP and 40.6% were interested in using it; interest increased to 62.2% if PrEP were provided for free. Oral PrEP was the preferred option (51.1%), followed by LAI PrEP (25.7%), vaginal gel (16.5%), and vaginal ring (6.7%). When examining oral and LAI PrEP alone, most (62.7%) preferred oral PrEP. LAI PrEP was more likely to be preferred among respondents with concerns about healthcare costs or PrEP-related stigma, and among those who reported inconsistent condom use and multiple sexual partners. Although most Black women preferred oral PrEP, LAI PrEP may be appealing to a subset with social and structural barriers to PrEP use, such as cost and stigma, and those at increased risk of HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAIDS and Behavior
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Black women
  • Cabotegravir
  • HIV prevention
  • Long-acting injectable (LAI)
  • Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

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