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Many women are unaware of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) but show a keen interest in spreading the word once they learn about the option, according a recent study in the journal Contraception.
The study included 500 women at 4 family planning clinics in Atlanta, and included an HIV risk screener before the patients visited with a provider, followed by questions about their counseling afterward.
According to the study, 18% of women surveyed knew about PrEP and 28% of the 376 who were sexually active had a risk indicator placing them within the recommended range for PrEP. Georgia ranks 3rd highest for lifetime HIV risk, the study noted, adding that 56% of women diagnosed in 2015 were living in the south.