About this Research Topic
Importantly, while ARVs are registered for use as PrEP in an increasing number of countries, there is hesitation from government and other funders, such as health insurance providers, to subsidize PrEP as currently existing in the United States, France and Norway. Elsewhere, demonstration projects and targeted access programs are nevertheless emerging to make PrEP available for HIV prevention in key populations. These projects and programs are concerned with a wide range of implementation issues, including appropriate access models and regulatory arrangements; potential user awareness, interest and uptake; user experiences, patterns of pill-taking and sexual behaviours; implications and insights for HIV prevention programming, impact and cost; information sharing regarding obtaining access for formal or informal use, in particular through social media; and social attitudes regarding PrEP use and users.
Despite burgeoning PrEP implementation activities, evidence and understandings of effective approaches in diverse settings remains limited. The purpose of the Research Topic is provide an interactive platform for knowledge exchange and developing shared learnings that will advance access to PrEP for those who would benefit globally. For this Research Topic we encourage contributions that address these and other pertinent issues related to making PrEP accessible for key populations in community settings worldwide. The Research Topic is open to Category A and B contributions, in particular long and short articles reporting original research, reviews, cases or perspectives. We encourage contributions from a diversity of health and social science disciplines, including but not limited to public health, sociology, anthropology and psychology, as well as fields of research, including but not limited to those concerned with health services, health policy and health behaviour. We welcome contributions from different country, resource and cultural settings, including from the global south, from regional, rural and remote areas and regarding indigenous and ethnic, gender and sexual minority population groups.
Keywords: HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis, key populations, implementation, MSM, gay men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, policy, access, combination prevention, prevention, antiretroviral drugs, PrEP, ARV
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