Journal article

Brief Report: Changes in PrEP Use, Sexual Practice, and Use of Face Mask During Sex Among MSM During the Second Wave of COVID-19 in Melbourne, Australia

Eric PF Chow, Jane S Hocking, Jason J Ong, Tiffany R Phillips, Tina Schmidt, Andrew Buchanan, Elena Rodriguez, Kate Maddaford, Christopher K Fairley

JAIDS-JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A second wave of COVID-19 began in late June in Victoria, Australia. Stage 3 then Stage 4 restrictions were introduced in July-August. This study aimed to compare the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and sexual practices among men who have sex with men taking PrEP between May-June (post-first lockdown) and July-August (second lockdown). METHODS: This was an online survey conducted among men who have sex with men who had their PrEP managed at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia. A short message service with a link to the survey was sent to 503 PrEP clients who provided consent to receive a short message service from Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in August 2020. RE..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant


Awarded by NHRMC Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

E.P.F.C. and C.K.F. are each supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant (GNT1172873 for E.P.F.C. and GNT1172900 for C.K.F.). J.J.O. is supported by an NHRMC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1104781). J.S.H. is supported by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (GNT1136117). E.P.F.C. has received a research grant and honoraria from Gilead Pharmaceuticals on HIV and PrEP research outside the submitted work.