TITLE

Representations of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, Informal Antiretroviral Medication Use for HIV Prevention, and Diversion on Geosocial Networking Apps among Men Who Have Sex with Men

AUTHOR(S)
Kurtz, Steven P.; Buttram, Mance E.
PUB. DATE
July 2019
SOURCE
AIDS & Behavior;Jul2019, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p1790
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The use of geosocial networking applications (e.g., Grindr) among men who have sex with men (MSM) is common. Yet scant research has examined how antiretroviral medications (ARVs)—including informal use—diversion and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) are presented inside of the applications. The present study examines this phenomenon. Data are drawn from a qualitative study (N = 39) of the scope and magnitude of the informal market of ARV use for HIV prevention among MSM. Twenty-five participants reported seeing references to ARVs inside the applications. Men described geosocial networking application users' presentations of ARVs as being related to: PrEP use among HIV-negative MSM, the sale and/or use of illicit drugs (e.g., methamphetamine), informal trade/sale for HIV-prevention, and PrEP use among HIV-positive men. Findings suggest continued desire for and acceptability of PrEP as HIV prevention tool and that geosocial networking apps are being used to facilitate the exchange and informal use of ARVs for HIV-prevention. Geosocial networking applications represent a promising and important platform to educate MSM about safe and effective use of PrEP and the risks related to diversion and informal ARV use.
ACCESSION #
137001104

 

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