Completed Research Vaginal Microbicides and Women Living In the Discordant Couple Setting (2009-2010)

Vaginal Microbicides and Women Living In the Discordant Couple Setting (2009-2010)

Majority of the studies on acceptability of vaginal microbicides in India have evaluated acceptability among low risk clinical trial participants. It is also important to understand the opinion and willingness of women living in the discordant couple setting who are likely to be the potential users of vaginal microbicides.

We evaluated knowledge and willingness to use vaginal microbicides among women living in the discordant couple setting. Women living in discordant couple setting means either the women or her sexual partner (here husband) is infected with HIV. Between June 2009 and February 2010, 136 women were interviewed. Their mean age was 34.7 years (range 20-60, SD 7.4) and all of them were married. Of these 136 women, 96 (70.6%) were HIV un-infected and were living with an HIV infected partner. Although their knowledge of microbicides was low, about 80% of the women showed willingness to use a microbicide when they were educated. Younger age and use of male condom for HIV prevention were independently associated with willingness to use a microbicide in future.

 

Prayas-Amrita Clinic, Athawale Corner, Karve Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune - 411 004, Maharashtra, India.
Tel.: +91-20-25441230/65615726 Tel./Fax: +91+20-25420337 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.