Rarely do you see a study reporting an improvement of 500% and yet words of concern. Such are the facts in a limited CDC survey that found tremendous increases in both awareness and use of PrEP among MSM at risk for HIV infection, across the board among all demographic groups, but with continued disparities.
Below are some key findings from Changes in HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Awareness and Use Among Men Who Have Sex with Men — 20 Urban Areas, 2014 and 2017, released July 12. Across this time period:
- Overall, awareness of PrEP increased 50% (59.8% to 90.4%).
- Among high risk MSM, use of PrEP increased from 5.7% to 35.1%--an incredible 500% jump.
As for variations across MSM racial/ethnic groups:
- PrEP awareness is fairly high across all categories: White (94.5%); Hispanic/Latino (86.6%); and Black (86.2%) (see Table 1).
- PrEP use continues to vary among high risk MSM: White (42.4%); Hispanic/Latino (30%); and Black (26.2%) (see Table 2).