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Breaking down barriers to accessing PrEP for men who have sex with men

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News


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New Rochelle, NY, September 12, 2017--A new study has shown that barriers preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from establishing nonjudgmental relationships with primary care providers may limit access to preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. Improved patient-provider communication would allow for more open discussion about sexual behaviors, health risks, and preventive interventions, according to an article published in LGBT Health a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website until October 12, 2017.

The article entitled "Culturally Competent Sexual Healthcare as a Prerequisite for Obtaining Preexposure Prophylaxis: Findings from a Qualitative Study" was coauthored by Kevin Maloney, MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA) and Emory University (Atlanta, GA), and colleagues from Fenway Health and Harvard Medical School (Boston), Pennsylvania State University (University Park), and Online Buddies, Inc. (Cambridge, MA). The researchers conducted online focus groups with a geographically diverse sample of MSM and asked participants how their discomfort in healthcare settings affected PrEP utilization. They emphasized that improved communication about sexual orientation and behaviors is especially important for MSM who do not have access to LGBT-specialized providers.

"Despite recent emphasis on the importance of creating a clinical atmosphere conducive to disclosing sexual orientation, taking a sexual history, and assessing HIV risk, this study suggests that primary care providers' failure to do so remains a barrier to HIV prevention," says LGBT Health Editor-in-Chief William Byne, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health under Award Number K23-MH098795. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


About the Journal

LGBT Health, published bimonthly online with open access options and in print, brings together the LGBT research, health care, and advocacy communities to address current challenges and improve the health, well-being, and clinical outcomes of LGBT persons. Spanning a broad array of disciplines, the Journal publishes original research, review articles, clinical reports, case studies, legal and policy perspectives, and much more. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the LGBT Health website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative medical and biomedical peer-reviewed journals, including Transgender Health, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Journal of Women's Health, and Population Health Management. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's more than 80 journals, newsmagazines, and books is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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