Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents
The rapid implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is changing the sexual practices of Australian gay and bisexual men (GBM), and has impacted on how GBM conceive of sex and risk. PrEP use among GBM is also impacting on general anxiety and HIV anxiety. HIV risk and prevention must be reconsidered within this context of change. This seminar will focus on how PrEP is changing GBM’s HIV risk behaviours, particularly among chemsex networks, and provide insight into how GBM are making sense of PrEP, with reference to the role PrEP can play beyond HIV prevention.
Using data from Australia’s largest online prospective observational study of licit and illicit drug use among GBM, the Flux Study, we explore how PrEP has impacted the lives of GBM, remaining barriers to PrEP access, and the broader benefits of PrEP implementation, including reduced anxiety of HIV infection.