Training obstetrician gynaecologists in HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis): a 2-year experience

Francesca Silvestri, Natalie Alvarez, Omara Afzal, Antonio E. Urbina, Siobhan M. Dolan, Andres Ramirez Zamudio

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Objective We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) training sessions for OBGYN (obstetrician gynaecologist) providers given underutilisation of PrEP among women despite a high HIV burden. Methods Three separate training sessions were held for providers in the OBGYN department at an academic medical centre in New York City from 2019 to 2021. The 1-hour training sessions were conducted by HIV specialists as in-person lectures or online live lectures. Participants were surveyed after the training on metrics of PrEP awareness, knowledge and comfort with management. Two-sample t-tests were used to compare difference in proportions of binomial variables and difference in means of Likert-scored answers pretraining and post-training events. Results 63 respondents completed the surveys. There were low rates (13%) of past PrEP prescription among the respondents, while awareness of PrEP as an HIV prevention strategy was high before (95%) and after (98%) the training. After the training, there was an increase in understanding the epidemiology of HIV transmission (40% to 97%, p<0.00), familiarity with the PrEP clinical trials (18% to 97%, p<0.00), comfort in determining PrEP candidacy (mean score 2.3 to 4.1, p<0.00) and comfort prescribing PrEP (mean score 2.0 to 3.6, p<0.00). After the trainings, the majority of participants reported feeling 'comfortable' or 'very comfortable' in determining candidacy for PrEP and prescribing PrEP with follow-up. Conclusion Implementation of PrEP training courses for OBGYN providers increased knowledge and comfort in identifying and managing patients who may benefit from PrEP services. Increasing training among OBGYN providers serving women at risk for HIV infection is an effective tool to narrow gaps in PrEP access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-350
Number of pages3
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2023


  • HIV
  • PREP
  • education
  • gynaecology
  • sexual health


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