Enhancing HIV prevention and care among men who have sex with men: insights from social psychology

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Page, M., 2018. Enhancing HIV prevention and care among men who have sex with men: insights from social psychology. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 94 (7), pp. 472-473. ISSN 1368-4973

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) are a key population in the HIV epidemic in Western industrialised societies. Significant strides have been made in preventing HIV infection in MSM—indeed, a 60% decrease in HIV incidence was observed in London at the end of 2016. This can be attributed to the combined effect of treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in high-risk MSM. However, sexual risk-taking, inconsistent condom use and low uptake of PrEP remain obstacles to eradicating new HIV transmissions. Advances have also been made in enhancing HIV care. In England, 87% of MSM living with HIV have been diagnosed and over 90% are now on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). Yet, some patients struggle to accept and adjust to their HIV diagnosis. Some decide not to initiate ART. Some are lost to follow-up. Often, the underlying causes are psychosocial in nature. We believe that social psychology has a role to play in developing steps to improve HIV prevention efforts and patient engagement with HIV care.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Page, M.
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group on behalf of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV
Date: November 2018
Volume: 94
Number: 7
ISSN: 1368-4973
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 08 Apr 2020 09:18
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2020 09:18
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39584

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