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Barriers to PrEP: Healthcare Providers

The Journal of General Internal Medicine published one of the first studies to examine barriers to PrEP using national healthcare system records.



Contagion® reports:

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.

Chase is the founder and Creative Director of, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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october 2021