Best practices for identifying men who have sex with men for corrections-based pre-exposure prophylaxis provision

Health Justice. 2019 Apr 13;7(1):7. doi: 10.1186/s40352-019-0088-7.


Purpose: Men who have sex with men (MSM) who are incarcerated are at increased risk for HIV acquisition, yet there are challenges associated with disclosing sexual identity/orientation among people who are incarcerated.

Methods: The current study used semi-structured, qualitative interviews to explore attitudes and awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among 26 MSM who were incarcerated at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

Results: Participants noted variable levels of willingness to disclose sexual identity/orientation.

Conclusions: CJ institutions should consider involving medical staff and outside agencies when using the CDC PrEP guidelines or consider a WHO-based, rather than behavior-based, approach to determining candidacy for PrEP.

Keywords: HIV; Incarceration; Pre-exposure prophylaxis; Qualitative research.