HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: knowledge and attitudes among general practitioners

Lane, William, Heal, Clare, and Banks, Jennifer (2019) HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: knowledge and attitudes among general practitioners. Australian Journal of General Practice, 48 (10). pp. 722-727.

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Background: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was accepted onto the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme on the 1st of April 2018, allowing General Practitioners (GPs) to prescribe to patients in general practice. This study provides a timely assessment of GPs knowledge and attitudes towards HIV PrEP.

Methods: An explanatory mixed method approach was used. A content-validated questionnaire was distributed to GPs in the Mackay region to assess knowledge and attitudes towards PrEP, followed by individual in-depth interviews.

Results: Forty-five of 109 GPs (41.1%) responded. One third (15/45) had previously heard of PrEP, with 71.4% (30/42) indicating a lack of comfort with its prescription while 60% (27/45) reported that provision of formalised guidelines (27/45, 60%) was likely to increase prescription confidence. Ten GPs were interviewed until data saturation was achieved. Results supported the quantitative findings.

Conclusion: GPs expressed positive attitudes towards HIV PrEP. Limited knowledge could be overcome through formalised guidelines and education.

Item ID: 58620
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: Human Immunodeficiency Virus; HIV; Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; PrEP; Truvada; Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine; Knowledge; Attitudes; Primary Care Physician; General Practitioner
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2019
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 00:18
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420304 General practice @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
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