Exploring Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Knowledge in Incarcerated Men

Am J Mens Health. 2022 Jul-Aug;16(4):15579883221107192. doi: 10.1177/15579883221107192.


People who are incarcerated have a disproportionately high risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While there is no known cure for HIV, there are biomedical approaches that can successfully manage the virus and prevent its transmission. A total of 267 men who are incarcerated completed a cross-sectional survey focused on cancer health, HIV prevention, and mental health in three state prisons. The mean age was 39 years. The majority had an annual income of US$10,000 or less, self-identified as heterosexual, not married, had children, did not have any military status, and identified as African American/Black. Less than 4% indicated that they had heard about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and only 3% had heard of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). PrEP and PEP effectively prevent HIV infection, but little attention has focused on increasing the knowledge and awareness of these HIV prevention interventions in the incarcerated population.

Keywords: human immunodeficiency virus; men; post-exposure prophylaxis; pre-exposure prophylaxis; prisons.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • HIV Infections* / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections* / psychology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis*
  • Prisoners*