The optimal management of men who have sex with men (MSM) requires active involvement of family physicians (FP). We assessed knowledge and practices of Parisian FPs related to the management of MSM for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP).
We conducted an observational prospective study between June 20 and July 31, 2017, with a sample of FPs practicing in Paris. The questionnaire posted via the Google Form website included 42 questions on sexual health management of MSM patients. A statistical analysis was then performed.
One hundred and four FPs took part in the study. The median age was 34 and 68% were women. Overall, 86.5% of FPs had already heard about PrEP, but only 36% of them were familiar with the indication for therapy and 77.9% of FPs declared to be willing to renew PrEP prescription. Overall, 89.4% of respondents declared to be willing to attend additional training on sexual health of MSM patients, including 73% on PrEP.
FPs have an important role in the management of MSM patients. They showed strong interest in PrEP despite limited knowledge of indications and methods of administration. They declared to be willing to attend additional training for further involvement.