The GMSH has recently launched a new and exciting feature to The Sex You Want.
Free text message reminders: sign up for daily PrEP, daily HIV treatment and HIV/STI testing.
We wanted to find ways to make it easier for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men to utilize their sexual health strategy of choice and engage in testing. Adherence is key for the effectiveness of treatment-as-prevention (U=U) and PrEP – as we like to say “medication works when it’s in you”. Many factors can impact medication adherence including: syndemics, substance use, HIV related co-morbidities, age, medication side effects and all of the things going on in our busy lives.
There is great evidence behind text message interventions. For example:
- OHTN rapid response: http://www.ohtn.on.ca/rapid-response-95-reminder-systems-for-people-livi...
- Study of young gbMSM and transgender women in Chicago that demonstrated greater adherence to PrEP and retention in related care among the study arm receiving reminders: http://www.iapac.org/AdherenceConference/presentations/ADH2017_OA275.pdf
To access and sign up for reminders visit http://thesexyouwant.ca/reminder/.