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In the United States, Latinos comprise 18% of the population and accounted for 23% of the estimated 1.1 million people with HIV in 2015. Within those, nearly 60% Latinos living with HIV are Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM) (CDC, 2018). Despite the introduction of prevention medications such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), there has been a lack of comprehensive customized interventions from a cultural perspective. This rapid scoping review aims to examine the effectiveness of PrEP utilization for Latino MSM, who accounted for most new HIV diagnoses in 2019, with a specific focus on the utilization of non-biological kin support (CDC, 2022).

A literature search within PubMed was conducted to identify peer-reviewed studies published from January 1, 2013, through October 1, 2023 in the United States. A total of eight studies met the inclusion criteria,

From the eight studies, only one included the utilization of non-biological kin support.

The findings of the review suggest that non-biological kin support can be effective in increasing PrEP uptake and adherence among Latino MSM, as family-based interventions have proven to be successful in the other studies. Therefore, there is a need for more research on the effectiveness of PrEP interventions that specifically include non-biological kin support.

The review also highlighted several themes across the studies. Stigma, patient-provider relationship and cultural needs were barriers identified to PrEP uptake. This includes understanding the cultural values of Latino MSM and how these values can influence their decisions about PrEP.

Future PrEP interventions should consider the importance of non-biological kin support and cultural context to effectively address the specific barriers faced by Latino MSM. Designing culturally competent and tailored PrEP interventions is crucial to enhance their effectiveness among Latino MSM.