Intimate partner violence and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): A rapid review of current evidence for women’s HIV prevention


Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a valued component of HIV prevention and increasing attention is focusing on women’s PrEP use. Common HIV prevention options (e.g., condoms) remain underused and fail to consider the context of intimate partner violence (IPV). PrEP presents an opportunity to expand viable options for women. A systematic rapid review using key word searches of PubMed and proceedings from six national and international conferences related to HIV, women’s health, or interpersonal violence identified nine studies which met set inclusion criteria. Studies were coded using a structured abstraction form and summarized according to relevant themes. IPV was found to have implications on women’s interest and willingness to use PrEP, partner interference or interruptions in PrEP use, and adherence. Findings indicate a dearth of research on women’s PrEP use and IPV and highlight the urgency for research, public heath practice, and policy attention around the HIV risk context and needs of women who experience IPV


O'Malley TL, Hawk ME, Egan JE, Krier SE, Burke JG




  • Determinants of Health
    • Abuse
  • Population(s)
    • Women
  • Prevention
    • Biomedical interventions


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