Young women's use of a vaginal microbicide surrogate

The role of individual and contextual factors in acceptability and sexual pleasure

Amanda E. Tanner, Gregory Zimet, J. Fortenberry, Michael Reece, Cynthia Graham, Maresa Murray

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Abstract

Currently in clinical trials, microbicides have historically been promoted as a woman-controlled (although more recently woman initiated) method of sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. The contradicition that exists in this rationale is that women's bodies, specifically the genitals, have been constructed as a negotiated space within sexual interactions. This study qualitatively explored the factors influencing 40 young women's use of a vaginal moisturizer (VM), utilized as a microbicide surrogate. The results indicated that use of the VM was dependent upon product characteristics (i.e., the lubricating qualities affect on sexual pleasure, timing of insertion), individual factors (i.e., reproductive health goals, experiences with side effects of existing contraceptive methods), and contextual factors (i.e., social norms). An understanding of these bodily and social issues may be beneficial in designing targeted educational campaigns and effective instructional materials as well as in facilitating positive dialogue around women's bodies and their sexuality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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Anti-Infective Agents
Reproductive Health
Sexuality
Social Norms
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Contextual Factors
Individual Factors
Acceptability
Sexual
Clinical Trials
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  • Sociology and Political Science

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Young women's use of a vaginal microbicide surrogate : The role of individual and contextual factors in acceptability and sexual pleasure. / Tanner, Amanda E.; Zimet, Gregory; Fortenberry, J.; Reece, Michael; Graham, Cynthia; Murray, Maresa.

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