ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Day 2: PrEP uptake and use in Gay and MSM
The speakers presented a range of sessions around PrEP uptake and use in Gay and MSM.
Most use has been in the well connected, educated, white clients. Why are some gay and bisexual men eligible for PrEP but not taking it suggested that many see others at more risk than themselves. The flux cohort research suggested that there is increasing use of Meth and Viagra, adding Truvada into the mix for HIV protection, MTV.
Other risk reduction strategies include serosorting, strategic positioning and negotiating safety. A lot of PrEP users have decreased or stopped using condoms but there is an increasing awareness of the importance of undetectable viral loads. The final session discussed the lack of Indigenous health promotion material and lack of uptake/knowledge of, in this priority group.
If they were using it was probably in those "well integrated with the main stream MSM communities". Big positives for prep were that it is promoting disclosure and discussion with the Gay MSM community.