Examining the impact of the pandemic on the uptake of HIV PrEP and effectiveness in preventing HIV transmission

Project Details


The aim of this project is to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (and other potentially important infectious disease outbreaks such as MPox) on provision of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and its effectiveness in preventing HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM). The proposal relates to three key foci of the SHBBV strategy:

• Access to services – people need to access sexual health services to obtain HIV PrEP but since the pandemic, increased pressures across all healthcare services may have adversely affected PrEP provision.
• Testing – HIV testing is essential for determining HIV incidence but levels of testing may have fallen since the pandemic.
• Data – administrative datasets available at Public Health Scotland (PHS) will be used for all analysis, with the key database being the National Sexual Health IT System (NaSH).
Short titlePrEP Impact
StatusNot started

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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