Cultural differences in acceptability of a vaginal microbicide: A comparison between potential users from nashville, tennessee, usa, and kafue and mumbwa, zambia

Valerie Montgomery Rice, Margaret C. Maimbolwa, Esther Munalula Nkandu, Jacqueline Fleming Hampton, Jae Eun Lee, James Hildreth

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Abstract

Purpose: We sought to determine the relationship between acceptability of a hypothetical vaginal microbicide, cultural factors, and perceived HIV risk among African-American women in Nashville, TN, USA, and African women in Kafue and Mumbwa, Zambia. Patients and methods: Women in both sites completed a survey. Regression analyses were performed on valid samples (Nashville, 164; Zambia, 101) to determine cultural differences affecting microbicide acceptability. Regression analyses also tested whether individual risk perception affected acceptability. Results: In Zambia, 89.6% of women were willing to use a microbicide versus 81.6% in Nashville (P, 0.0001). One cultural difference is that women in the Zambian cohort viewed risk of HIV infection as distinct from risk of acquiring STIs, with 48% believing they were certain to become infected with AIDS, compared to 4% of Nashville participants. Conclusion: These results suggest a high degree of acceptability toward use of a vaginal microbicide to prevent HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalHIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Birth control
  • Hiv/aids
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Health Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Dermatology

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