Exploring the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) health care experiences among men who have sex with men (msm) who live in rural areas of the midwest

Christopher Owens, Randolph D. Hubach, Deana Williams, Jessica Lester, Michael Reece, Brian Dodge

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Abstract

Most pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) research samples men who have sex with men (MSM) who live in metropolitan cities. There is a limited understanding of the PrEP experiences among rural MSM. Thirty-four semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the PrEP health care experiences among 34 rural Midwestern MSM. Of the 34 participants, 23 obtained PrEP from their non–primary care provider (PCP). Three themes were present: (1) PrEP is unavailable in rural areas, (2) PrEP is inaccessible in rural areas due to PCPs being unwilling to prescribe PrEP, and (3) PrEP services are unamicable in rural areas due to stigmatizing attitudes and behaviors of PCPs. It is important to address PrEP care continuum factors in all settings; however, these factors are often exacerbated in rural areas due to social determinants. Without further research and programming, organizational and social determinants may contribute to lower rates of PrEP outcomes in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Health care
  • MSM
  • Midwest
  • PrEP
  • Qualitative
  • Rural

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