Biomedical Interventions Institute

Institute Summary:

Integrating biomedical interventions into practice is a key component of ending the HIV epidemic. Providers must communicate effectively with clients to inform them of scientifically-supported interventions, ensuring client understanding and addressing client  concerns. This session will cover the 10 most common myths about PrEP, discuss a PrEP patient survey, and highlight several PrEP marketing efforts to engage clients.

Learning Objectives:

      • Identify the 10 most common myths preventing PrEP uptake in the U.S.
      • Emphasize the need to be fact-based and data driven in one’s communication with their patients and communities
      • Discuss about the PrEP program at the Virginia Department of Health
      • Discuss the results and implications of the PrEP Patient Survey
      • Describe the best strategies for reaching specific communities (MSM, African-American, Latinx, trans, cis-gender female).
      • Discuss incorporating humor and sex-positivity into marketing collateral


      • Damon Jacobs, Private Psychotherapy Practice
      • Mary Beth Cox, Virginia Department of Health
      • Jeremy von Stilb, ASHwell Sexual Health Clinic
      • Murray Penner, Prevention Access Campaign

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