People living with HIV are receptive to HIV prevention interventions in clinical settings: a qualitative evaluation.
Published Web Locationhttps://guilfordjournals.com/doi/10.1521/aeap.2012.24.4.295
In the United States, HIV prevention services are increasingly being offered in the context of healthcare settings. This includes prioritizing prevention services for people living with HIV (PLWH), otherwise known as "prevention with positives." We conducted sixty in-depth interviews to explore patients' perceptions of clinic-based HIV prevention interventions targeting people living with HIV. The majority of patients were receptive to the prevention interventions. Patients described experiencing feeling fulfilled by communicating about issues related to HIV prevention when the conversations were specific to their situation and with an interventionist who was objective, yet empathic and non-judgmental. Provider-delivered interventions opened up new areas of prevention discussions with patients. Specialist-delivered interventions, specifically group-level interventions, provided opportunities to integrate participants into social networks that in turn provided social support and a reduction in social isolation. HIV prevention counseling benefited patients regardless of risk status.