PrEP in substance abuse treatment: a qualitative study of treatment provider perspectives

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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2015, 10:1  doi:10.1186/1747-597X-10-1

Objectives:

To examine substance abuse treatment providers’ views on engaging clients in Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) care and research trials.

Conclusions:

Despite anticipated challenges, providers supported the introduction of PrEP in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Comprehensive training for providers is needed and should include PrEP eligibility criteria, strategies to support adherence and medication monitoring guidelines. Linkages between substance abuse treatment and primary care and/or enhancement of capacity within clinics to offer PrEP may help facilitate PrEP delivery. When conducting research in outpatient clinics, it is particularly important to protect client confidentiality.

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By J Pope

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