Friday, June 11th 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Black youth and young adults in the South are disproportionately affected by HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective HIV prevention tool, however, there has been low uptake among Black youth. We examined PrEP knowledge, attitudes about PrEP as a prevention strategy, and intention to use PrEP among Black college students in the South and whether they differed by gender. In this study, Black college students were recruited from five universities in the South to complete an online survey on PrEP (n=269). Most of the study participants had never heard of PrEP (62%), 58% thought PrEP was a good prevention strategy, and 54% said they would use PrEP if available. However, there was no difference in gender. Lastly, those that had a higher intention of using protective behaviors had more positive attitudes towards PrEP and stated that they were more likely to use PrEP. With the lack of knowledge of PrEP on college campuses and elevated sexual risk behaviors, PrEP provides an opportunity for its incorporation in sexual health education. Additionally, there is a need for advocacy in the inclusion of women in PrEP clinical trials and usage.
- Provide an overview of HIV in the South among Black youth
- Provide an understanding of the disparities in PrEP usage among Black youth
- Discuss research findings
- Discuss next steps to ensuring PrEP is provided to the most vulnerable population
Samuella Ware, CHES
Dr. Samuella Ware as Postdoctoral Researcher at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her research is focused on race-based theories and social-structural factors that impact sexual health and HIV vulnerability among Black men and women.