PrEP Enrollment: Where Are the Young Black Guys?

Emily Newman
Original Article:

Out of all gay and bisexual men in the U.S., the highest percent of new HIV infections occur in African American men. Yet the number of African American men accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV may be lower than men of other demographics. Only seven percent of participants part of a PrEP demonstration project conducted in three major U.S. cities between 2012 and 2013 were black, and one study found that heightened concerns over potential side effects may pose one significant barrier to PrEP uptake among African American men. PrEP won’t be nearly as effective as proponents hope if those in high-risk groups don’t know about it,  aren’t talking about it, or are scared to take it. That’s one outcome that Hyman Scott, MD, is trying to avoid.

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