Purpose: Men who have sex with men (MSM) experience stigma in healthcare settings, which impedes disclosure of sexual behavior, potentially limiting uptake of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The purpose of this study was to describe the context of this limitation and explore geographical variability. Methods: To understand how discomfort in healthcare settings affects PrEP utilization, we conducted two online focus groups with geographically diverse samples of MSM. Results: Respondents identified primary care providers as preferred sources for PrEP, but potential uptake was limited by barriers to establishing nonjudgmental relationships with these providers. Conclusion: Improved patient-provider communication about sexual behaviors might increase PrEP use among MSM.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health