Why I Quit Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Reasons for PrEP Discontinuation and Potential Re-Initiation Among Gay and Bisexual Men

Summary:

This study’s goal was to investigate reasons why GBM (gay and bisexual identifying men) discontinue pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A national sample of 1071 GBM completed surveys about PrEP use and discontinuation. Participants who were still taking PrEP at the 24-month follow up were compared to those that had stopped.  The most common reasons for discontinuation were lower perceived HIV risk (50%) and cost/insurance (30%). Reasons for potential re-initiation included higher-risk sexual activities and changes to structural related barriers. More research is needed to inform interventions on how GBM can continue taking PrEP during changes to employment that effect insurance coverage and cost.

Citation:
Whitfield, T.H.F., John, S.A., Rendina, H.J. Grov C., et al. Why I Quit Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)? A Mixed-Method Study Exploring Reasons for PrEP Discontinuation and Potential Re-Initiation Among Gay and Bisexual Men. AIDS Behav. (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-018-2045-1. Link to Article >>