Within the context of high HIV transmission rates among MSM in Asia, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has emerged as an effective preventative tool to be incorporated within national prevention strategies. While the drug offers new opportunities, there is still a lack of knowledge and support available to the healthcare providers and counsellors who may prescribe and/or encourage the use of PrEP to their MSM patients.
In order to further assess the status and support needs of service providers in the region, APCOM launched a survey of health care service providers’ attitudes towards PrEP. The survey was conducted from July to August 2015, prior to PrEParing Asia – the region’s first community-led dialogue in PrEP roll out, organised by APCOM on 23rd to 25th of September. The survey questions were based on the earlier MSMGF global survey, along with additional input and questions from a committee of technical experts. Sampling was conducted through APCOM’s social media and website and UNAIDS Asia Pacific’s healthcare provider network. While it is necessary to recognize that this survey may not provide a full picture of the full range of attitudes held and the issues facing service providers across different national contexts, the survey results are intended to guide preliminary discussion and inform subsequent action relating to PrEP provision.
Read the analysis of the survey feedback here.