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Psychology Study Assesses Barriers to Use of HIV/AIDS Prevention Medication in Sex Workers

Assistant Professor of Psychology Steve Du Bois and his team of graduate and undergraduate student researchers have received a grant from the American Psychological Foundation to explore the accessibility of HIV/AIDS prevention medication among sex workers. The grant will fund a year-long research study to gather information from sex workers on barriers to accessing and utilizing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP—a form of medication that, when taken daily, leaves individuals “virtually guaranteed” not to get HIV, according to Du Bois. The team hopes their work will help empower sex workers to make their own choices about whether or not to utilize PrEP. Learn more here.