AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 121–131

A Framework for Examining the Sustained Acceptability of Microbicides

  • Lawrence J. Severy
  • Elizabeth Tolley
  • Cynthia Woodsong
  • Greg Guest
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-005-1687-y

Cite this article as:
Severy, L.J., Tolley, E., Woodsong, C. et al. AIDS Behav (2005) 9: 121. doi:10.1007/s10461-005-1687-y

Abstract

The concept of acceptability involves a complex set of individual, couple and socio-cultural factors. Within a specific focus on microbicides, this article sets forth the relevant behavioral issues demanding attention as scientists and product developers strive to identify microbicides that will be used in a sustained, long-term fashion to prevent HIV/AIDS. The paper re-conceptualizes long-term acceptability within the ARRM framework, reviews the basic issues and research related to microbicide acceptability, discusses couple relationships (especially the nature of intimate relationships), and identifies related gender and power factors. The importance of the cultural context within various international settings pervades all of these issues. Finally, a set of challenges is discussed for those contemplating such research.

Keywords

microbicide acceptability ARRM couple dynamics cultural context 

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Severy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Tolley
    • 1
  • Cynthia Woodsong
    • 1
  • Greg Guest
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioral and Social SciencesFamily Health InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.Behavioral and Social SciencesFamily Health InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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