41279. STD Clinic Patientsí Preferences for HIV Prevention Strategies and Awareness of Non-AIDS complications
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Medical Student Poster Session
Friday, October 4, 2013
Room: Yerba Buena Ballrooms
Posters
  • HIV_IDSAposter.pdf (690.7 kB)
  • Background:

    Better understanding of the use of newer HIV prevention methods, their offerings, and combinations for high-risk populations needs to be established. It is also necessary to quantify the awareness of non-AIDS complications by individuals at high risk of HIV infection. This study sought to obtain data about the preferences for effective biomedical interventions, as well as HIV awareness and self-perceived HIV risk, by individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, educational and economic backgrounds comprising Miami STD clinic population.

    Methods:

    A cross-sectional survey was used to assess knowledge and preference of traditional (condoms) and new biomedical methods to prevent HIV (Circumcision [C], Pre-exposure prophylaxis [PreP], and microbicides [M]) in STD clinic patients.  After an initial assessment, the study coordinator provided basic descriptions of three new methods of HIV prevention using a recorded video and/or pamphlets. The relative preference for each of these prevention strategies was re-assessed after the information was provided. Additional questions assessed the patients’ knowledge and relevance to health risk of the less well-known consequences of HIV infection (non-AIDS HIV-associated conditions).

    Results:

    Thirty-five participants are reported in this interim analysis: 55% female, 58% African American, 25% Hispanic and 12% HaitianMost of the participants were not aware of the efficacy of C (68%), PreP (77%) or M (79%) in decreasing the risk of acquiring HIV infection. At baseline, participants described their preferred method to prevent HIV by using male condoms (77%) and had marginal preference for the newer methods C (3%), M (6%) and PreP (3%). After the information about the new methods was provided, most of the participants reported to be aware of these methods (80%), and although male condoms were still the first choice for most of the participants (46%), a higher percentage of participants preferred M (20%) and PreP (14%).

    Conclusion:

    STD clinic patients who participated in this study had very limited knowledge about the new biomedical strategies to prevent HIV infection. A brief informational session, focusing on preventive messages, can increase their willingness to use the newer HIV preventive strategies.

    Inna Granovsky1, Jose Castro, MD2, Deborah Jones, PhD3, Stephen Weiss, PhD3 and Bader Al-Shehri1, (1)University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, (2)Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, (3)Psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

    Disclosures:

    I. Granovsky, None

    J. Castro, None

    D. Jones, None

    S. Weiss, None

    B. Al-Shehri, None

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