The Influence of Pregnancy on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Adherence Amongst Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Negative High-Risk Young Women in Kampala, Uganda: A Qualitative Assessment

Investigator: Shivali Joshi, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Uganda


Background: Pregnant, young women who engage in high-risk sexual activity are at an elevated biological and social risk for HIV acquisition. PrEP serves as a highly effective HIV prevention means for those who are high-risk, especially in high burden regions such as Uganda. PrEP adherence throughout pregnancy, however, is historically under researched, despite its overall importance for maternal and child health. This study thus aimed to explore general attitudes towards and challenges with PrEP in hopes to understand what motivates PrEP adherence, or lack of, during pregnancy.

Research Question: Among women in Uganda, aged 15-24, at high-risk for HIV, what is the influence of pregnancy on adherence to PrEP for HIV, and what are the barriers to and facilitators of adherence? Methods: Semi-struct

Mentor: Rachel King, PhD