HumanInsight Acceptability and Appropriateness of Digital PrEP Interventions for Black and Latina Cisgender Women: Perspectives From Service Providers in Los Angeles County
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2022 Jul 1;90(S1):S134-S140. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002973.
BACKGROUND: Black and Latina cisgender women (BLCW) experience disproportionately high rates of HIV infection compared with White women. BLCW also experience disparities in uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a highly effective HIV prevention strategy. Digital technology interventions may help to improve PrEP accessibility among BLCW and address barriers to receiving PrEP services in clinical settings.
METHODS: We conducted a formative implementation research project with service providers to explore the use of digital technology interventions to improve PrEP care continuum outcomes among priority populations in Los Angeles County. A thematic analysis approach was then used to assess the perceived acceptability and appropriateness of digital PrEP interventions for BLCW.
RESULTS: Of the five technology products presented, service providers viewed the stand-alone telemedicine platforms as the most acceptable intervention type for BLCW. Service providers also noted perceived benefits and barriers that BLCW may experience in using stand-alone telemedicine platforms, and offered recommendations for tailoring the products to meet the individual needs of BLCW.
CONCLUSIONS: Digital PrEP interventions may help address barriers BLCW experience in accessing PrEP in clinical settings. We offer suggestions of implementation strategies to optimize the use of digital PrEP interventions among BLCW.
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