This sub-study of our CIHR-funded Implementation Science Team Grant is in response to the the BC government’s January 2018 announcement that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is now included in the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) for eligible individuals. This study examines young gay and bisexual men who have sex with men’s (gbMSM) experiences with accessing PrEP in BC. Through in-depth, qualitative interviews, co-conducted with our community partners at the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health, we examine implementation and adaptation issues, including accessibility, ease of use and identifying actionable strategies to improve access. This includes identifying how access to PrEP can be more fully integrated into family practice, as well as sexual health and mental health services, in an effective, ethical and evidence-informed manner.


The objectives of this sub-study are to:

  1. Identify the experiences of gbMSM who are interested in or currently accessing PrEP;
  2. Examine how the introduction of the HIV Incidence Risk Index (HIRI)-MSM Screening Tool might impact clinical encounters (e.g., discussing substance use with a health care provider for the first time); and
  3. Identify the factors that influence young gbMSM’s decisions related to where they choose to access PrEP (e.g., through a HiM Health Centre or through their family doctor).


  • The InvestiGAYtors at the Community-Based Research Centre
  • Health Initiative for Men (HiM)


Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Interested in finding out more about the PrEP Study?

Contact details: Please contact Research Coordinator Caroline Mniszak at [email protected]

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