Reaching Key Populations: PrEP Uptake in an Urban Health Care System in the Bronx, New York

Cedric H. Bien, Viraj V. Patel, Oni J. Blackstock, Uriel R. Felsen

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been established as an effective HIV prevention tool, but real world studies are limited. To inform dissemination efforts, we sought to describe individuals prescribed PrEP in the largest health care system in the Bronx, New York, an urban region with a high burden of HIV. We used a clinical database and chart review to identify individuals prescribed PrEP between 2011 and 2015 (n = 108). A majority were Black and Hispanic, half were men who have sex with men, and nearly a third were cisgender women who have sex with men. Primary care settings were the most common site of PrEP prescription and PrEP prescription rates increased over time. Despite reaching a diverse patient population, PrEP prescribing rates were low, underscoring the urgent need for PrEP scale-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1314
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • HIV prevention
  • Implementation
  • New York
  • PrEP
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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