Acceptability of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and opinions on PrEP service delivery among men who have sex with men in Singapore: a qualitative study

Wong, Chen Seong, Kumar, P. Arun, Wong, Christina M., Choong, Bryan C.H., Lim, Oliver Z., Chan, Yin Ying, Bin Ibrahim, Muhamad Alif, Chio, Martin T., Tan, Rayner K. J., and Chen, Mark I. (2019) Acceptability of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and opinions on PrEP service delivery among men who have sex with men in Singapore: a qualitative study. AIDS Education and Prevention, 31 (2). pp. 152-162.

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Abstract

PrEP is effective in preventing HIV transmission among at-risk HIV-negative MSM. A qualitative descriptive study with five focus group discussions (N = 33) involving a purposively recruited sample of Singaporean MSM was conducted from August 2016 to April 2017 to understand local perspectives on potential barriers and motivators to the adoption of PrEP, prior to the implementation of PrEP services in Singapore. Knowledge of PrEP was high, and many viewed PrEP as an attractive alternative to condoms for HIV prevention. Concerns about PrEP included the cost of PrEP and related services, the frequency of PrEP-related clinic visits, fear of side effects, and the stigma associated with using PrEP. Participants felt PrEP was best provided by MSM-friendly providers, and more needed to be done to increase awareness of the effectiveness of PrEP. Access to PrEP for MSM in Singapore has to be affordable, patient-centered, and convenient to maximize the potential benefits of PrEP.

Item ID: 69783
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1943-2755
Keywords: PrEP, HIV, MSM, prevention, acceptability, prophylaxis
Copyright Information: © 2019 The Guilford Press
Funders: Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology (IIDE)
Projects and Grants: IIDE Grant Application Number CGSFP15004
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 22:54
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320211 Infectious diseases @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420210 Social epidemiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200401 Behaviour and health @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 50%
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