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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an encouraging approach to HIV prevention, yet there is a paucity of research aimed at understanding individual PrEP experiences. The current study aims to examine first-hand narratives of individuals detailing their PrEP experiences via the YouTube platform. We searched YouTube.com using the keywords, "pre-exposure prophylaxis" and "Truvada". Search results were limited to the 15 most-viewed videos. Informed by a thematic/content analysis approach, we conducted an iterative analysis of video transcripts. Narratives covered a wide range of topics including the reasons to start PrEP, interaction with providers, side effects, insurance coverage, and stigma. By and large, the videos encouraged those at risk for HIV to consider PrEP. Narratives were often characterized by emotional engagement. Given that YouTube videos are used to share individual PrEP experiences with a wider audience, our analysis may inform the development of strategies aimed at utilizing YouTube for increasing uptake of PrEP.
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HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) substantially reduces the risk of HIV acquisition, yet significant barriers exist to its prescription and use. Incorporating pharmacists in the PrEP care process ma...
Optimal strategies for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) engagement in generalised HIV epidemics are unknown. We aimed to assess PrEP uptake and engagement after population-level HIV testing and univers...
YouTube is a valuable source of medical videos, but the quality of the videos is difficult to determine. This study aimed to estimate the quality by characteristics of the surgeon and by view rate.
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In the United States, cisgender men who have sex with men (MSM) who use methamphetamine are at substantial risk of HIV and can benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
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This study will develop and test an interactive mobile messaging intervention to improve engagement in care related to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and decrease HIV risk behaviors for B...
This study evaluates the feasibility (reach, adoption, safety and implementation) and initial efficacy (higher linkage to care) of the Partner Services Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PS-PrEP) i...
The purpose of this study is to quantify the magnitude and extent of infant exposure to daily emtricitabine (FTC) /tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) via maternal breastmilk when taken pr...
The specific aims of this study are: 1. To explore perceived facilitators and barriers to initiating and adhering to HIV PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP) among at-risk YOUNG MEN WHO...
A method of disease prevention (abbreviated PrEP) which involves the administration of drugs to at-risk persons who have not been exposed to the disease-causing agent.
The prevention of infection or disease following exposure to a pathogen. This is most frequently addressed by administering a vaccine or anti-viral medication following exposure to a virus.
Vaccines or candidate vaccines used to prevent and treat RABIES. The inactivated virus vaccine is used for preexposure immunization to persons at high risk of exposure, and in conjunction with rabies immunoglobulin, for postexposure prophylaxis.
An anticoagulant that acts by inhibiting the synthesis of vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. Warfarin is indicated for the prophylaxis and/or treatment of venous thrombosis and its extension, pulmonary embolism, and atrial fibrillation with embolization. It is also used as an adjunct in the prophylaxis of systemic embolism after myocardial infarction. Warfarin is also used as a rodenticide.
A method of chemical analysis based on the detection of characteristic radionuclides following a nuclear bombardment. It is also known as radioactivity analysis. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)
Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the causative agent of AIDS. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, more commonly known as HIV, is a member of the lentivirus sub-set of the retrovirus family of pathogens. It causes AIDS, or Acquired Immuno Deficiency Sy...