Researchers at the University of NSW will today release the results of a unique study into the acceptance of various strategies for reducing HIV among gay men.
The NSW HIV Modelling and Acceptability Project looked at ways to improve the response to HIV among gay men.
Researchers used mathematical computer modelling, and asked gay men about their willingness to adopt a range of HIV prevention and risk reduction strategies.
Those were condom use above current levels; reducing sexual partners; HIV negative men taking HIV drugs to reduce the chance of infection (known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP); Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP); earlier treatment for HIV positive men to reduce viral loads; increased testing; increased status disclosure; and adult circumcision.
Researchers found it would be difficult to sustain higher levels of condom use, while adult circumcision was unacceptable.
Fewer sexual partners was not a popular option, while PrEP, still in the experimental stage, would be acceptable if more information was available.
Gay men were cautious about PEP due to its side effects. Researchers said education about the reduced side effects of new medication would be necessary.
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