In a new investigation, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a team of investigators set out to study barriers that may affect patients seeking a PrEP prescription in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) settings.
The investigators found that patients initiated 94% of PrEP conversations. Additionally, 35% of patients experienced delays in receiving PrEP, which ranged from 6 weeks to 16 months.
In addition, 35% of the cases analyzed had evidence of barriers to access. Barriers included knowledge gaps about PrEP and VHA systems related to PrEP, and confusion or disagreement over clinic purview for PrEP.
According to the report, current practices place substantial responsibility on patients to request PrEP for HIV prevention and advocate for this service, in contrast to many other preventive services.