"Set it and forget it": women's perceptions and opinions of long-acting topical vaginal gels.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • van den Berg, JJ; Rosen, RK; Bregman, DE; Thompson, LA; Jensen, KM; Kiser, PF; Katz, DF; Buckheit, K; Buckheit, RW; Morrow, KM

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 862 - 870

PubMed ID

  • 24248674

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4018755

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-7165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-013-0652-4


  • eng