RESEARCH ARTICLE: Awareness, knowledge and comfort of pharmacy students on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV prevention

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2021.211.517527

Keywords:

Awareness, Comfort, Knowledge, Pharmacy Student, Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Abstract

Introduction: Pharmacists are uniquely qualified to promote Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). The objective of this study was to measure pharmacy students’ awareness, knowledge, and comfort regarding PrEP and PEP in an urban setting.   

Methods: A 23-point questionnaire was distributed to pharmacy students between 2 May 2019 and 31 May 2019.  

Results: Eighty six pharmacy students responded to the survey. Most of them correctly identified FDA-approved regimens for PrEP and PEP.  Most students thought that a pharmacist or intern counselling patients on PrEP or PEP was beneficial; however, a minority felt confident counselling patients on PrEP or PEP. Students who met criteria for composite knowledge were significantly more likely to report confidence in counselling.   

Conclusion: Pharmacy students have strong awareness, but limited knowledge and comfort regarding PrEP and PEP. Results from the survey will be used to assess the learning needs of pharmacy students and inform future curricular changes.

Author Biographies

Jennifer Bhuiyan, St. John’s University, New York, United States

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Nicole Bradley, St. John’s University, New York, United States

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Yuman Lee, St. John’s University, New York, United States

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

John Michael Conry, St. John’s University, New York, United States

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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14/09/2021

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