Untapped Potential for Safer Conception Messaging to Transform PrEP Rollout and Promote Service Engagement Among Serodiscordant Couples.
Uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) fell short of targets for Sub-Saharan Africa's initial rollout, revealing the need for more effective promotion strategies. In Uganda, we explored potential benefits and challenges of integrating safer conception messaging to promote PrEP among serodiscordant couples. In-depth interviews were conducted with clients and personnel at three clinics and analyzed thematically. Participants (n = 58) valued PrEP as a safer conception method (SCM) but described lack of integration of safer conception and PrEP services as well as inconsistent practices in prescribing PrEP to couples pursuing conception. Participants reported that the wider population remains largely unaware of PrEP and SCM or harbors misconceptions that PrEP is primarily for highly stigmatized groups like sex workers. Participants further described how heterosexual couples can still be reluctant to test for HIV, unaware of tools like PrEP and SCM that would allow them to continue their relationship and/or pursuit of childbearing. Overall, findings suggest that integrating PrEP and SCM in messaging and services targeting serodiscordant couples holds untapped benefits throughout the HIV prevention cascade.
AIDS and behavior
Anti-HIV Agents; Fertilization; HIV Infections; Humans; Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; Sexual Partners
Demand creation; HIV; HIV testing; Pre-exposure prophylaxis; Safer conception; Serodiscordant couples; Sub-Saharan Africa; Uganda
Hurley, E. A., Wanyenze, R. K., Gizaw, M., Gwokyalya, V., Beyeza-Kashesya, J., Wagner, G. J., Mayatsa, J., Nuwamanya, S., Mindry, D., Finocchario-Kessler, S., Goggin, K. Untapped Potential for Safer Conception Messaging to Transform PrEP Rollout and Promote Service Engagement Among Serodiscordant Couples. AIDS and behavior 26, 2397-2408 (2022).