PrEP 4 the Future

Sexual and gender minority (SGM) adolescents assigned male at birth (e.g., gay and bisexual teen boys, transgender girls) remain at a high risk for HIV. However, they have been absent from research on novel biomedical HIV prevention approaches that are being developed and tested, such as nondaily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens and long-acting injectable and implantable forms of PrEP. It is critical for these emerging methods of PrEP to be designed with teens in mind to ensure successful implementation among this group.

The purpose of the PrEP 4 the Future study is to understand perspectives on novel PrEP delivery methods among SGM adolescents assigned male at birth in the United States. This study collaborated with a youth advisory council to design developmentally-appropriate, animated, educational videos on the three potential prevention methods (PrEP on demand, injectable PrEP, and a PrEP implant). A series of surveys and online focus groups provide insight on adolescent preferences for these methods of PrEP; perceived risks, benefits, and barriers to obtaining and using PrEP; and perspectives on approaches that can increase SGM adolescents’ awareness and use of these novel PrEP methods.

Ultimately, one of the goals of the study is to contribute knowledge about challenges and facilitators for SGM adolescents that can optimize novel PrEP options for this population.

Interested in participating or know someone who is? Complete our eligibility screener.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kathryn Macapagal
Co-investigators: Dr. George J Greene
Mentors: Dr. Brian Mustanski & Dr. Richard D’Aquila
Staff: Maggie Matson, MPH, Mara Nery-Hurwit, PhD, MPH, Kyle Jozsa, BA, & Shariell Crosby, BA
Funder:  Office of AIDS Research/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health