How Would You Like Your PrEP? The Fit of New HIV Prevention Tools to Lived Sexual Lives
- Audrey Ward
Social Intervention Group (SIG) Seminar | Open to the Public | Registration Required | ZOOM link available
Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
About the Event
The science of primary and secondary prevention of HIV has made profound advances in the last decade. The results of several large treatment-as-prevention (TasP) trials have confirmed that persons living with HIV who are sustainably virally suppressed do not transmit to sexual partners. Studies have shown that pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily. How have these dramatic changes affected sexually active gay and bisexual men? Findings from a number of qualitative studies suggest that there is a sea change underway in many communities where TasP and PrEP are available. Desmond M. Tutu Professor Chris Beyrer (bio) appraises this new reality. While concerns remain over access and adherence, particularly among younger and more marginalized MSM, as well as the over the risk of other sexually transmitted infections (STI) as condom use changes, he observes that gay and bisexual men are reporting declines in anxiety, in fear of infection, and in self and enacted stigmas associated with HIV status, among other changes.