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Rutgers: Study Assesses Levels of PrEP Use Among Men Who Have Sex with Men by Race/Ethnicity in San Francisco

A recent Rutgers School of Public Health study, led by Dr. Henry Raymond, assesses the levels of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among the men who have sex with men (MSM) by race/ethnicity in San Francisco.

PrEP shows great promise to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection for individuals and to help eliminate transmission if high coverage can be achieved in the populations most at risk. MSM experience the largest number of new HIV infections and efforts have been underway in many U.S. cities, including San Francisco, to maximize the use of PrEP among MSM, particularly among men of color who currently and historically have had higher burden of HIV disease and disproportionate numbers of new infections.

The researchers utilized National HIV Behavioral Surveillance from MSM in San Francisco, to determine progress towards the goals of increased PrEP use among men of color and sustained levels of community PrEP use, assessing demographics, health care, and risk behaviors.

The study found differences in proportions of men using PrEP by race/ethnicity were not significant at any time point. Decreases between 6 month and 30 day use were highest among African American and Latino men. These men had the highest proportion of intermittent use in the past 30 days but not significantly.

“While our data suggest the disparity in PrEP use by race/ethnicity has narrowed in San Francisco, novel delivery of PrEP may help reduce intermittent use,” says Dr. Raymond.