"set it and forget it": Women's perceptions and opinions of long-acting topical vaginal gels

Jacob J. Van Den Berg*, Rochelle K. Rosen, Dana E. Bregman, Lara A. Thompson, Kathleen M. Jensen, Patrick F. Kiser, David F. Katz, Karen Buckheit, Robert W. Buckheit, Kathleen M. Morrow

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Abstract

Women's initial understandings and anticipated acceptability of long-acting vaginal gels as potential anti-HIV microbicides was investigated by exploring the perceptibility variables associated with prototype formulations. Four focus groups with 29 women, aged 18-45, were conducted to consider gel prototypes with varied physicochemical and rheological properties. Participants responded favorably to the concept of long-acting vaginal gels as microbicides. Distinctions in understandings and stated needs regarding product dosing, characteristics, and effectiveness offer valuable insights into product design. Long-acting vaginal gels capable of protecting against HIV/STIs will be a viable option among potential users, with dosing frequency being an important factor in willingness to use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-870
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Acceptability
  • HIV/STI prevention
  • Long-acting vaginal gels
  • Microbicides
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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