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Adolescent Health: Special Marketing Strategies Could Foster Teen Use of Microbicides in the U.S.

January 22, 2004

A study by R.E. Rupp and colleagues of the University of Texas, Medical Branch, said special marketing strategies could foster teen use of microbicides.

"Sexually active teens are at significant risk from sexually transmitted infections and girls and women bear the greatest burden of these infections," the report stated. "New methods, such as vaginal microbicides, would provide female controlled options. Microbicides are currently in development and thus it is timely to discuss the progress made and factors that may influence acceptability for teens."

"Microbicide development presents many challenges, and several different potential mechanisms of action are being explored," the authors wrote. "There is interest in these products from women and men, and specific preferences are being investigated."

The study noted that "Adolescents, due to reproductive system immaturity, developing cognitive abilities and the psychosocial context of their relationships, present a special set of challenges in efforts to foster microbicide use."

"Vaginal microbicides are on the horizon," the authors concluded. "Further study into teen issues is required to develop successful strategies for marketing and encouraging adolescent use of microbicides."

The study, "Vaginal Microbicides and Teenagers," appeared in Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2003;15(5):371-375).

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Adapted from:
Women's Health Weekly

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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