Providers PrEP: Identifying Primary Health care Providers' Biases as Barriers to Provision of Equitable PrEP Services.

Published on Oct 1, 2021in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes3.475
· DOI :10.1097/QAI.0000000000002750
Shawnika J. Hull12
Estimated H-index: 12
(GW: George Washington University),
Hanna Tessema (GW: George Washington University)+ 1 AuthorsRachel K. Scott2
Estimated H-index: 2
(MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
BACKGROUND Despite their disparately high HIV incidence and voiced willingness to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Black cisgender women's knowledge and uptake of PrEP are low, especially relative to White cisgender women and men who have sex with men. Mounting evidence demonstrates that health care provider recommendations are a critical factor in women's awareness, willingness, and ability to uptake PrEP. Health care providers may make clinical judgments about who is (not) a good candidate for PrEP based on unconscious and conscious stereotypes and prejudice. SETTING We conducted an online experiment among N = 160 health care providers with prescribing privileges in the 48 HIV hotspot counties. METHOD Providers received 1 of 4 vignettes about a PrEP eligible woman. Vignettes varied by patient race and substance use status. Then, providers reported their willingness to discuss PrEP with the patient and willingness to prescribe PrEP to her. RESULTS We tested 2 models predicting providers (1) willingness to discuss and (2) willingness to prescribe PrEP, contingent on their racial attitudes. Providers who scored high on a modern racism measure were less willing to discuss and prescribe PrEP to the Black patient. These effects were mediated by provider perceptions of patients' abilities to adhere to PrEP, but not their expectations of risk compensatory behaviors. CONCLUSIONS Our findings highlight the importance of applying an intersectional lens in documenting the processes that exacerbate inequities in PrEP use. This study provides evidence to support the development of interventions that address the mechanisms that work to thwart optimal care.
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