As part of the unrestricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences, we (The PrEP REP team) collaborated with medical experts, adherence counselors and community representatives to develop a brief video (~5 minutes) that seeks to provide accurate information about preexposure prophylaxis, the role of adherence, and scope of what PrEP can and cannot do in terms of protection. We use visuals and animation to try to give potential PrEP users an image for what might be happening in the body when doses are taken, when doses are taken and there is an HIV exposure, and when doses are skipped or not taken.
Because it is brief, it is not intended to cover all aspects of PrEP and PrEP adherence. We did pilot test the media for immediate impact on PrEP information and adherence related attitudes among young PrEP experienced and PrEP inexperienced MSM and transgendered women in Chicago and the results support an immediate post-viewing increase in most of the information items we assessed. In addition to increases in accuracy of PrEP knowledge, attitudes towards daily adherence to PrEP also became more positive. It was a very basic pilot, and we do not know if changes in information or beliefs were lasting and have no control condition to rule out the possibility that information would simply be more accurate post test based on chance alone. The data we do have is supportive but we really developed the video because we needed tools to inform our communities about PrEP. We believe it is helpful to do just that- start a conversation and inform people. Certainly not perfect or all inclusive, and may even be provocative but it may be a tool you could find an appropriate use for…so I wanted to share.
Please feel free to use the material for projects, forums or community groups that may find this media useful.
As stated on the website, the content, views and opinions of the PrEP REP video are entirely ours and do not reflect funders of the project or the affiliated institutions of individuals on the project.