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Sex conservatism, internalized homonegativity, PrEP stigma, and intention to use PrEP: a study of Chinese-speaking gay and bisexual male youth in Hong Kong

Suen, Yiu Tung, Chan, Randolph C.H. and Wong, Eliz Miu Yin (2022) Sex conservatism, internalized homonegativity, PrEP stigma, and intention to use PrEP: a study of Chinese-speaking gay and bisexual male youth in Hong Kong. AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education, 34 (6). 467 - 480. ISSN 1943-2755

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Identification Number: 10.1521/aeap.2022.34.6.467

Abstract

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stigma has been found to be a major barrier to PrEP acceptability and uptake. Research has found that different ethnic/cultural groups display varying levels of PrEP stigma. This article studies sex conservatism and internalized homonegativity as two sexuality- and culture-related aspects that influence PrEP stigma and intention to use PrEP. An online survey of 279 young gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong found that internalized homonegativity was positively associated with PrEP stigma. Respondents who were more conservative about sex showed lower intention to use PrEP, whereas those who had higher income and more positive attitudes about PrEP were more likely to express intention to use PrEP. This study provides novel empirical evidence for understanding PrEP stigma and uptake from a sexuality and cultural perspective. The influence of sexuality- and culture-related factors on PrEP stigma and uptake warrants greater attention, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://guilfordjournals.com/journal/aeap
Additional Information: © 2022 The Guilford Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2022 17:00
Last Modified: 31 May 2024 18:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117645

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