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PrEP Awareness and Use Jumps among MSM, Disparities Remain

Thursday, July 18, 2019


Chart: Increases in PrEP Awareness and Use Among Men who Have Sex with Men, 2014 to 2017

Rarely do you see a study reporting an improvement of 500% and yet words of concern. A CDC survey found tremendous increases in both awareness and use of PrEP among MSM at risk for HIV infection. This was across the board among all demographic groups, but with continued disparities.

Changes in HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis Awareness and Use Among Men Who Have Sex with Men — 20 Urban Areas, 2014 and 2017. This was released on July 12, 2019. Please see  below.

This was 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)
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