Despite remarkable advances in HIV treatment and prevention, HIV continues to spread at epidemic levels in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) remains underutilized, with large rates of gender identity and race/ethnicity prescribing disparities. The 2021-2025 HIV National Strategic Plan identified HIV-related stigma in health care as a primary barrier hindering patients from seeking HIV prevention services. As part of the health care team, pharmacists need to recognize these inadvertent behaviors and ideologies, such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, and negative views of lifestyle choices, that impede initiation of PrEP and HIV prevention strategies.
In part 1 of this CMEO podcast series, Breaking Down the Barrier of HIV-Related Stigma: Health Care Disparities and Unconscious Bias, join Drs. Dan Scales and Christina Madison as they discuss how pharmacists can overcome implicit bias in health care and support equitable PrEP access for all patients.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to recognize health care disparities and unconscious bias associated with HIV-related stigma in reference to race, gender, and identity.
Supported by an educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc. This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from ViiV Healthcare. ViiV Healthcare was not involved in the developmental content or selection of faculty for this educational activity.
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Dr. Scales reports no financial relationships.
Dr. Madison reports the following financial relationships: Speakers Bureau: Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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