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Ann Behav Med. 2015 Apr;49(2):177-86. doi: 10.1007/s12160-014-9646-3.

Intimacy motivations and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adoption intentions among HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) in romantic relationships.

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Department of Psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In the USA, men who have sex with men (MSM) in primary partnerships are at elevated risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a new biomedical prevention strategy, has potential to reduce HIV transmission. This study examined predictors of PrEP adoption intentions among HIV-negative MSM in primary partnerships.

METHODS:

The sample included HIV-negative MSM (nā€‰=ā€‰164) who participated in an ongoing cross-sectional study with an in-person interview examining PrEP adoption intentions.

RESULTS:

Higher HIV risk perception, intimacy motivations for condomless sex, recent condomless anal sex with outside partners, education, and age were each independently associated with PrEP adoption intentions. In a multivariate model, only age, education, and intimacy motivations for condomless sex were significantly associated with PrEP adoption intentions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Intimacy motivations may play a central role in PrEP adoption for MSM couples. Incorporating relationship dynamics into biomedical strategies is a promising avenue for research and intervention.

PMID:
25124457
PMCID:
PMC4329279
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-014-9646-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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