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A Thematic Analysis of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) YouTube Videos.

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Summary of "A Thematic Analysis of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) YouTube Videos."

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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Name: Journal of homosexuality
ISSN: 1540-3602
Pages: 1-22

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