Matt Beymer, Ph.D. at CHIPTS Methods Seminar – UCLA-Semel Institute Center for Community Health

Is PrEP for Me? Utilizing Longitudinal HIV Testing and Diagnosis Data to Inform the Creation of an Algorithm for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Use

Matt Beymer, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that can greatly reduce the chances of contracting HIV among HIV-negative individuals. Although PrEP is recommended for certain groups of gay and bisexual men, many men are still unsure if PrEP is right for them. This talk will detail the methods used to create a prospective HIV Risk Algorithm which provides targeted PrEP recommendations for gay and bisexual men in Los Angeles. The talk will conclude with a presentation of the interactive website developed from this study and a look forward towards enhancing PrEP uptake among the groups most heavily affected by HIV.