Young Adult Women and Correlates of Potential Adoption of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP): Results of a National Survey
Anna Rubtsova, Gina M. Wingood, Kristin Dunkle, Christina Camp and Ralph J. DiClemente
Affiliation: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, 1518 Clifton Rd, Claudia Nance Rollins Bld, Room 2050, Atlanta GA 30322, USA.
Keywords: Health belief model, HIV/AIDS, PrEP, prevention, survey, women.
We examine potential use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among young adult women, based on nationally
representative random-digit dial telephone household survey of 1,453 US African-American and white women. The
hypotheses were generated based on Health Belief Model. Our analyses showed that, as compared to women of 30-45
years old, young women of 20-29 years old experienced stronger social influences on PrEP uptake. However, as
compared to older women, young women did not report higher potential PrEP uptake or adherence, despite their greater
risk of HIV. For PrEP to be an effective method of prevention for young adult women, interventions are needed to
increase HIV risk awareness.
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