High cost of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a major concern for acceptability. This study determined the willingness of men who have sex with men to self-pay for PrEP and factors associated with the likelihood of condom use if taking PrEP. The Taiwan 2014 MSM Online Sex Survey was conducted and data such as demographics, attitudes toward PrEP, and sexual behaviors in the previous 3 months were collected. Of the 1,151 MSM who participated, 56% were willing to take PrEP, but only 23% were willing to self-pay $340 for PrEP. Willingness to self-pay for PrEP was significantly associated with the previous receipt of nonoccupational post-exposure prophylaxis (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 3.02, 95%CI [1.49, 6.12]), and positive attitudes toward PrEP (AOR, 3.02, 95%CI [2.19, 4.17]). Of MSM who are willing to use PrEP, 73.6% would maintain condom use if taking PrEP. If PrEP is made available in Taiwan, more efforts should be focused on increasing awareness of MSM who are practicing risky behaviors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases