Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) awareness and acceptability among men who have sex with men in Taiwan

Deng Min Chuang, Peter A. Newman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) account for the vast majority of new HIV infections in Taiwan, yet utilization of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) remains low. We examined correlates of PrEP awareness and acceptability among MSM in Taiwan. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with 176 MSM (mean age = 27.4 years) recruited through community-based organizations in two cities. Less than half of participants (47.2%) were aware of PrEP; however, when it was described to them, the majority (72.2%) indicated PrEP acceptability. In multivariable analyses, condomless anal sex was negatively associated with PrEP awareness, and higher levels of vicarious stigma and anticipated PrEP disclosure to sexual partners were positively associated with PrEP acceptability. Our findings indicate the need for targeted interventions to increase PrEP awareness among MSM engaged in high-risk behaviors and implementation strategies that address sociocultural factors to accelerate PrEP utilization among MSM in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-501
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Culture
  • Gay men
  • HIV prevention
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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