Quality of Sex Life and Perceived Sexual Pleasure of PrEP Users in the Netherlands

Mart Van Dijk*, John B. F. De Wit, Thomas E. Guadamuz, Joel E. Martinez, Kai J. Jonas

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Abstract

Next to its benefits for HIV prevention, PrEP may have psychosocial benefits relating to improved quality of sex life. The aim of the current study was to investigate the onset of changes in the quality of sex life and sexual pleasure of PrEP users in the first months of commencing PrEP use. Moreover, we investigated what factors were related to the quality of sex life of PrEP users. We recruited 145 participants via the Dutch PrEP-advocacy website PrEPnu.nl, and they received follow-up questionnaires after three and six months. We found that PrEP users reported an increase in the quality of their sex life, which was related to reduced fear of HIV since they started using PrEP but not to decreased condom use. PrEP users were more interested in experimenting with sex practices, but they did not always feel more desirable as a sex partner because of PrEP use. Health-care providers and health promotion campaigns could emphasize the positive effects of PrEP on the quality of sex life, in addition to the HIV-preventive effects of PrEP, to decrease PrEP stigma and increase PrEP uptake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Volume59
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • SOUTH LONDON FINDINGS
  • DRUG-USE
  • DEMONSTRATION PROJECT
  • RISK COMPENSATION
  • GAY MEN
  • PREEXPOSURE
  • MOTIVATIONS
  • PREVENTION
  • STRATEGIES
  • ADHERENCE

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