Prepared for PrEP: preferences for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among Chinese men who have sex with men in an online national survey

Wenting Huang, Dan Wu, Jason J. Ong, M. Kumi Smith, Fan Yang, Hongyun Fu, Weiming Tang, Joseph D. Tucker*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not widely available in China. Previous studies reported low awareness and inconclusive findings on the acceptability of PrEP among Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM).

METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of an online national survey comparing preferences for oral and long-acting injectable PrEP among MSM and identifying correlates of preferences. The study did not collect detailed information about partner types that may influence negotiated safety and PrEP uptake.

RESULTS: Nine-hundred and seventy-nine men from the larger sample of 1045 men responded to the PrEP survey questions. Most men (81.9%) had never heard of PrEP, but reported interest in using PrEP. More participants chose injectable PrEP (36.3%) as their preferred formulation than oral PrEP (24.6%). Men who had at least two HIV tests (adjusted OR = 1.36, 95%CI 1.04, 1.78) more commonly preferred injectable PrEP.

CONCLUSION: Our findings may help inform PrEP messaging in areas where PrEP has yet to be scaled up.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1057 (2019)
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • China
  • HIV
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Preference

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