This Population Council document primarily aims to provide DREAMS country teams with practical guidance on building evidence on PrEP for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). It includes factors that influence informed choice, demand and use of PrEP by young women, key characteristics that affect client-provider interactions, and practical advice on gathering data on user, community, and provider perspectives.
This document was developed by the Population Council, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to provide DREAMS country teams with practical guidance on building evidence to guide PrEP introduction for AGYW.
The primary audiences for this document are health policy makers and program planners who will be making decisions about how PrEP is introduced to AGYW and the researchers who will assess AGYW’s specific needs and experiences.
The aim is to complement emerging global guidance on PrEP1 and on-going work regarding delivery platforms, marketing, and policy and regulatory frameworks for PrEP introduction more generally. They focus on examining the factors that influence informed choice, demand, and use of PREP by young women and that influence client-provider interaction. Further, they hope this document can serve as a useful guide to gather data on the user, community, and provider perspectives as countries move from introduction to the broad-based implementation of PrEP.
This practical guidance document is informed by the Population Council’s work on HIV prevention product introduction for women and builds on our commitment to understanding whether, when, how, and under what circumstances ARV based prevention would be beneficial for AGYW.