Key factors in the acceptability of Treatment as Prevention (TasP) in Scotland: a qualitative study with communities affected by HIV

Ingrid Young, Paul Flowers, Lisa McDaid

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Abstract

There is a clear need to understand the factors that might prevent and/or facilitate the effective use of HIV treatment as prevention (TasP) at an individual level. This paper reports on findings from the first qualitative study in the UK exploring the acceptability of TasP among gay, bisexual and/or men who have sex with men (MSM) and migrant African communities in Scotland. We found that inequalities in HIV literacy could be a barrier to TasP, as could social constraints, such as criminalisation of transmission, increased risk of sexually transmitted infection and increased burden of treatment. We also identified psychological barriers such as perceptions of risk. However, relationships and shared decision making were identified as potential facilitators for TasP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Volume91
Issue number4
Early online date14 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • HIV
  • treatment
  • prevention
  • focus group

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