Just4Us: Developing a Women-Focused PrEP Intervention for HIV Prevention

Friday, June 12th 2020

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Presenting a NIH funded research study protocol tile:

Developing a Women-Focused PrEP Intervention for HIV Prevention: Just4Us

The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate an intervention to promote uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among cisgender women eligible for PrEP in two large metropolitan areas  (New York city & Philadelphia) with local HIV rates that greatly exceed the national average but with different PrEP public policy and access landscapes.


This study was implemented in three phases:

  1. Phase 1: In-depth interviews and surveys to identify theory-guided behavioral predictors, PrEP access barriers and relevant contextual factors. This work will be used for tailoring to the population and identify predictors to target in the intervention and to develop measures to evaluate impact.
  2. Phase 2: Intervention modules will be created including interactive and engaging activities (games, role plays, short video clips, etc.) that focus on specific theory-based components (e.g., knowledge, values clarification, skill building, coping support).
  3. Phase 3: Pilot randomized trial to assess feasibility and acceptability.


  1. The presentation will describe the eligibility criteria for enrollment, recruitment strategies and preliminary data specific to key outcomes from each phase of the study
  2. Presenter will facilitate a discussion focused on lessons learned regarding educating cisgender women about PrEP and point of contact to encourage PrEP initiation.


Annet Davis RN, MSW

University of Pennsylvania

Annet Davis, RN, MSW has served as the Project Director as well as the, Coordinator for Community Engagement: Educator, Recruitment and Retention Specialist for multiple research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, HIV Prevention Research Division and the School of Nursing.  Currently, Annet also is Coordinator for the UPenn HIV Clinical Trials Unit Community Advisory Board and Project Director for the research project: Developing a Women-Focused PrEP Intervention for HIV Prevention at the School of Nursing.  She is also a member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institutional Review Board at the University of Pennsylvania.  Annet brings to her work a vast experience with community outreach and engagement.


For the past 25 plus years she has worked in HIV prevention research at the University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Davis has incorporated this vast experience in nursing, health education, primary prevention, risk reduction methodology, and social work advocacy skills into her work as a researcher in non-traditional settings with youth, people using drugs and those engaging in risky sexual practices.

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