Expanding HIV Prevention for Pride Month: Empowering Communities with New PrEP Modalities

Expanding HIV Prevention for Pride Month: Empowering Communities with New PrEP Modalities

Hello, Pride community! This is Amit “Mickey” Dhir, I am a Ph.D. student at JHSON and my research specifically focuses on HIV prevention and its impact within key populations. As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s essential to highlight the advancements in HIV prevention that are revolutionizing the fight against the epidemic. Today, we’ll explore new PrEP modalities that can play a pivotal role in our collective efforts to end HIV transmission. By listening to our communities and delivering prevention strategies tailored to their needs, we can make a lasting impact. Remember, prevention only works if it’s used and delivered effectively. So, let’s delve into the power of self-care as preventive care and the crucial role nurses play in this journey towards health equity.

The PrEP Modalities Available Today

Oral PrEP:

Oral PrEP, also known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, has been a game-changer in HIV prevention. This daily pill, typically containing the medication Truvada or Descovy, is highly effective in reducing the risk of HIV transmission. By taking this medication consistently, individuals can protect themselves against acquiring HIV.

2-1-1 PrEP:

Another exciting development is the 2-1-1 PrEP regimen. This approach involves taking two pills 2-24 hours before potential exposure, followed by one pill daily for two days after exposure. This option provides flexibility for individuals who may engage in sporadic sexual activities, reducing the burden of daily medication intake while maintaining high levels of protection.

Injectable PrEP:

Injectable PrEP, such as Cabotegravir, offers an alternative for individuals who prefer non-oral options. Administered as an intramuscular injection every two months, this long-acting PrEP modality provides sustained protection, eliminating the need for daily pill-taking. This innovation can be particularly beneficial for those who may have challenges with daily adherence.

Delivering Prevention the Right Way

To end the HIV epidemic, it is vital to address the unique needs and desires of our communities. We must listen, engage, and involve those affected by HIV in decision-making processes. Prevention strategies need to be accessible, culturally sensitive, and affirming of diverse identities and orientations. My research at JHSON, Extending the Prevention Toolbox: Exploring the Acceptability and Impact of Long-acting Injectable PrEP among MSM in Baltimore: A Pilot Study, will address this gap. This study will gather data on community preferences for PrEP choices among MSM in Baltimore and use this information to inform messaging and support mechanisms, as well as generate data on behaviors and networks to inform epidemiological models and policies to reduce barriers to PrEP. By ensuring that prevention methods align with the preferences of our communities, I believe we can increase their acceptability and utilization, ultimately leading to better outcomes.

The Vital Role of Nurses

Nurses play a crucial role in delivering HIV prevention strategies. With our expertise, compassion, and close connection to the community, they are well positioned to provide comprehensive care, education, and support. Let’s acknowledge and appreciate the vital contributions of nurses in the fight against HIV. Their dedication helps ensure that prevention services are delivered with empathy and respect.


During this Pride Month, let’s celebrate the progress we have made in HIV prevention. By embracing new PrEP modalities, actively listening to our communities, and promoting self-care as preventative care, we can make significant strides towards ending the HIV epidemic. Let’s stand together to eliminate health disparities and inequities, working towards achieving health equity for all. As we continue to advocate for accessible and culturally sensitive prevention strategies, let’s remember that our collective efforts can make a lasting impact. By empowering individuals to take control of their sexual health, supporting their choices, and providing inclusive care, we can create a future where HIV transmission is a thing of the past. Together, let’s ensure that every member of our diverse community has the resources, support, and knowledge they need to thrive. Happy Pride Month, and let’s keep working towards a world free from HIV.

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