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HIV Prevention Services for Hispanic/Latino Persons in THRIVE, 2015–2020


      Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) are disproportionately affected by HIV in the U.S. This study evaluated HIV prevention services and outcomes among Hispanic/Latino MSM and TGW in the targeted highly effective interventions to reduce the HIV epidemic (THRIVE) demonstration project and consider lessons learned.


      The authors described the THRIVE demonstration project services provided to Hispanic/Latino MSM and TGW in 7 U.S. jurisdictions from 2015 to 2020. HIV prevention service outcomes were compared between 1 site with (2,147 total participants) and 6 sites without (1,129 total participants) Hispanic/Latino-oriented pre-exposure prophylaxis clinical services, and Poisson regression was used to estimate the adjusted RR between sites and pre-exposure prophylaxis outcomes. Analyses were conducted from 2021 to 2022.


      The THRIVE demonstration project served 2,898 and 378 Hispanic/Latino MSM and TGW, respectively, with 2,519 MSM (87%) and 320 TGW (85%) receiving ≥1 HIV screening test. Among 2,002 MSM and 178 TGW eligible for pre-exposure prophylaxis, 1,011 (50%) MSM and 98 (55%) TGW received pre-exposure prophylaxis prescriptions, respectively. MSM and TGW were each 2.0 times more likely to be linked to pre-exposure prophylaxis (95% CI=1.4, 2.9 and 95% CI=1.2, 3.6, respectively) and 1.6 and 2.1 times more likely to be prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (95% CI=1.1, 2.2 and 95% CI=1.1, 4.1), respectively, at the site providing Hispanic/Latino-oriented pre-exposure prophylaxis clinical services than at other sites and adjusted for age group.


      The THRIVE demonstration project delivered comprehensive HIV prevention services to Hispanic/Latino MSM and TGW. Hispanic/Latino-oriented clinical settings may improve HIV prevention service delivery to persons in Hispanic/Latino communities.
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