Community Federally Qualified Health Centers as Homes for HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis: Perspectives from South Florida

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Abstract

Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV has the potential to reduce HIV incidence in highly affected areas. The Southeastern United States is disproportionately impacted by HIV, and 3 counties in South Florida have the highest incidence of new HIV infections in the United States. This study explored the feasibility, acceptability, and uptake of PrEP in South Florida. Focus groups consisting of providers, administrators, and case managers at HIV-servicing community health centers and federally qualified health centers in South Florida reported broad support but low implementation of PrEP. Generally, participants indicated that the centers were appropriate locations for implementation. However, practical concerns and perceived limitations due to financial, insurance, and immigration status of those who would potentially benefit from the intervention were widely reported. Addressing provider concerns appears necessary for successful expansion of PrEP implementation in highly impacted areas such as South Florida.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-528
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • community health centers
  • medical providers
  • preexposure prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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