Sex workers need HIV-prevention methods they can control and incorporate easily in their work. We studied the acceptability of three methods: HIV self-test use with clients, oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and rectal microbicide gel.
Four male and eight transgender female (TGF) sex workers in Puerto Rico completed a baseline survey with a quantitative measure of likelihood of use. From them, one male and four TGF also completed a 12-week study of rectal microbicide placebo gel use prior to receptive anal intercourse with male clients and evaluated via qualitative in-depth interviews and follow-up quantitative assessments how each method could be incorporated into their work.
Most were interested in a rectal microbicide gel and able to use it covertly with clients. Challenges to using the HIV self-test with clients included the potential for both breach of confidentiality and confronting violent situations. Participants also expressed interest in oral PrEP, but raised concerns about side effects.
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By: Giguere R1, Frasca T2, Dolezal C2, Febo I3, Cranston RD4, Mayer K5, McGowan I4, Carballo-Diéguez A2.
- 1Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University and NY State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 15, New York, NY, 10032, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University and NY State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 15, New York, NY, 10032, USA.
- 3Department of Pediatrics, Gama Project, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR, USA.
- 4School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
- 5Fenway Health, Fenway Institute, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
- AIDS Behav. 2016 Apr 5.
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