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Research identifies factors important to microbicide acceptability

July 01, 2006

With several microbicide formulations in development or already in clinical trials, understanding issues surrounding microbicide acceptability is necessary should one of the products effectively prevent HIV infection. In a study conducted in Pune, India, researchers from Family Health International and partners have identified factors that may predict microbicide use and thus be useful in designing strategies for future microbicide introduction.

In-depth interviews with 30 married women and 15 of their husbands suggested that initial consideration of microbicide use depends on perceived risk of HIV, perceived microbicide effectiveness, and perceived control of daily life events. Continued use, in contrast, depends on attitudes toward product characteristics, ability to privately insert and store products, and sexual power of users.

Read more about the study, published in Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Tolley EE, Eng E, Kohli R, et al. Examining the context of microbicide acceptability among married women and men in India. Cult Health Sex 2006;8(4):351-369.