Objectives Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective, HIV prevention strategy increasingly being accessed by gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM). GBMSM face structural and individual-level barriers accessing PrEP, including awareness and cost. This paper assesses socio-demographic factors associated with awareness, interest, and willingness to pay for PrEP in a sample of Canadian GBMSM. Methods Data were derived from the 2015 Sex Now survey, a cross-sectional, online survey of GBMSM. Respondents were recruited through social media, sex-seeking Bapps,^ and by word of mouth. We used univariable and multivariable logistic regression models to estimate associations between socio-demographic factors and three primary outcomes. Results Our sample consisted of 7176 HIV-negative Canadian GBMSM. Of respondents, 54.7% were aware of PrEP, 47.4% were interested in PrEP, and 27.9% of PrEP-interested respondents reported they would pay for PrEP out-of-pocket. Awareness and interest varied between provinces, while GBMSM outside urban areas were less likely to be PrEP aware. Bisexual-identified men, and men over 50, were less likely to be aware and interested in PrEP in multivariable models. Only annual income and educational attainment were associated with willingness to pay for PrEP. Conclusion This study identifies important disparities in awareness, interest,
Canadian Journal of Public Health – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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