Engaging Community in Behavioral and Social Science PrEP Research

The session will feature government and community-based social science researchers to inform and lead a discussion on psycho social factors that influence PrEP awareness, acceptance, and delivery among the groups within communities of color at highest risk of HIV transmission (e.g. cisgender and transgender MSM and transgender and cisgender women. The importance of stakeholder engagement throughout the research process and how the use of the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) guidelines can frame this work will also be introduced and discussed. Presenters will discuss challenges to ensuring adequate representation of racial and ethnic groups in social science about PrEP, and emerging solutions. This interactive session will be dedicated to answering questions that participants have about HIV prevention social science research, particularly related to PrEP.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of the social and behavioral science regarding factors that facilitate or prevent PrEP knowledge, uptake, delivery and adherence among those who would benefit from PrEP, especially MSM, transgender and non-gender conforming, and cisgender women of color.
  • Share informed opinions about how race, ethnicity and gender identity might inform PrEP’s place in the prevention continuum and the acceptability of new technologies.
  • Explore the gaps in data about psychosocial factors affecting PrEP knowledge and acceptance among those who might benefit most from PrEP
  • Describe the results of presented or published research to date, and the ability to extrapolate useful strategies from it and discuss where research studies are being conducted and which web resources are available for ongoing knowledge enhancement.


  • Michael Stirratt, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Sheldon Morris,MD, MPH, UCSD Antiviral Research Center
  • CRUSH Project, East Bay AIDS Center