Evaluating Patient Perceptions on PrEP Screening and Referral in the Acute Care Setting
AIDS and behavior
Emergency Department; HIV; PrEP; Referral; Urgent Care
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV is highly effective, yet uptake has been limited. We measured PrEP knowledge, eligibility, and referral willingness among patients receiving emergency or acute care in Washington, DC. We surveyed HIV-negative patients with STI-related complaints on HIV risk behaviors, PrEP knowledge, eligibility, and willingness for PrEP referral. Among 174 participants, 70% were PrEP unaware and 33% were PrEP eligible. Most participants (81%) supported learning more, 64% would consider taking PrEP, and 28% agreed to immediate referral. Willingness to learn more about PrEP suggests referral from non-traditional settings may increase uptake. Further evaluation of this approach is warranted.
Aronson, Benjamin; Kulie, Paige; Castel, Amanda D.; Powell, Natasha N.; and McCarthy, Melissa, "Evaluating Patient Perceptions on PrEP Screening and Referral in the Acute Care Setting" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 1786.
Health Policy and Management