Measurement of Microbicide Acceptability Among U.S. Adolescent Girls
July 13, 2007
Noting that "topical microbicides will only be effective if they are acceptable to potential users," the authors of the current study sought to develop a scale for evaluating the characteristics and aspects of such products that are important to adolescent girls.
Two hundred seven girls completed a questionnaire on perceptions of microbicide-like products.
A 6-factor solution was derived from a principal components factor analysis with a varimax rotation. According to the mean factor scores, girls viewed the products positively. Age was positively correlated with "comparison to condoms" and "comfort while using" factor scores and inversely correlated with "negative impact on interpersonal relationships" factor score. A history of STD infection was related to higher scores on the "health benefits" and "pleasure" factors. Age, race/ethnicity, and STD history were not related to the other factor scores.
"The current scale shows promise in assessment of microbicide acceptability, and in general, girls expressed positive views about microbicides," the authors concluded.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
06.2007; Vol. 34; No. 6: P. 362-366; Mary B. Short, Ph.D.; Michelle M. Perfect, Ph.D.; Beth A. Auslander, Ph.D.; Robert F. Devellis, Ph.D.; Susan L. Rosenthal, Ph.D.
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.