The Population Council, in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme and CSK Research Solutions Ltd., conducted implementation science research in Tanzania to identify key considerations for introducing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) antiretroviral medication to adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) at substantial risk of HIV infection. This brief presents results from qualitative in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with AGYWs. Based on the findings, the brief recommends including sensitization and education of communities, parents, and male partners of AGYWs in demand-creation activities; training providers to deliver adequate education about PrEP to avoid misperceptions about its intended use, side effects, and efficacy; and increasing access to PrEP by integrating it into existing comprehensive health services to ensure widespread coverage and uptake by the most vulnerable populations.
Population Council. 2017. "Adolescent girls and young women’s perceptions of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis introduction in Tanzania: Findings from implementation science research," DREAMS Tanzania Results Brief 3. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Reducing HIV Risk among Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Implementation Science around the DREAMS Initiative