Using Motivational Interviewing to Increase PrEP Uptake Among Black Women at Risk for HIV: an Open Pilot Trial of MI-PrEP

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Black women in the USA are at the highest risk among women for HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV transmission, but uptake among Black women remains low. An open pilot trial was conducted on MI-PrEP, a brief culturally tailored intervention incorporating motivational interviewing (MI) strategies to improve PrEP uptake and motivation. MI-PrEP is the first behavioral intervention developed to promote PrEP uptake among women in the USA. In Miami, FL, ten Black women who met eligibility criteria (e.g., sexual partner with HIV) were enrolled. These women participated in the two sessions of MI-PrEP and a 1-month follow-up. Participants completed measures on PrEP (motivation, uptake [verified via medical records], adherence, and barriers), medical mistrust, and an exit interview. These preliminary findings showed acceptability and feasibility with high satisfaction ratings; increases in PrEP uptake, knowledge, and motivation to use; and decreases in PrEP barriers and medical mistrust. Greater attention is needed on the psychosocial and structural factors among Black women who may benefit from PrEP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • Black women
  • HIV
  • Intervention
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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