Education, perceptions, and delivery: Factors shaping the perceived role in the pre-exposure prophylaxis (prep) care continuum among a sample of osteopathic medical students

Andrew M. O’neil, Hunter Meyers, Kyle DeBoy, Mollie Stowe, Justin Hamrick, Zachary Giano, Randolph D. Hubach

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Abstract

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake has been suboptimal despite its demonstrated efficacy in reducing the risk of HIV acquisition. Medical education is one distal determinant that shapes medical providers’ perceived role in the PrEP care continuum. However, there is limited understanding of how osteopathic medical students and those wanting to practice in rural areas perceive their role in the PrEP care continuum in the domains of PrEP awareness, uptake, and adherence and retention. Twenty-one semistructured interviews were conducted (March 2019–April 2020) to assess what shapes osteopathic medical students’ perceived role in the PrEP care continuum. Participants noted a lack of adequate sexual health training, personal perceptions concerning PrEP use, and ambiguity concerning which of the medical specialties should deliver PrEP. Osteopathic medical schools can incorporate more inclusive and holistic sexual health and PrEP curricula to address these barriers and better prepare osteopathic medical students for their future role in the PrEP care continuum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • Medical educa-tion
  • Osteopathic school of medicine
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

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