Adolescents' reasons for using a microbicide-like product over time

Mary B. Short, Paul A. Succop, Richard Rupp, Susan L. Rosenthal

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This study examined the reasons that adolescent girls used a product over time. Adolescent girls (n = 208; 14-21 years) participated in a six-month study in which they completed three face-to-face interviews and 24-weekly phone call interviews. Participants were given microbicide-like products (vaginal lubricants) and encouraged to use them with condoms when they had intercourse. Most of the reasons for use were endorsed by most of the adolescent girls, at some time during the study. Over time, the adolescents were significantly more likely to report the following reasons for use: did not think the product would leak out (z = 2.49; P < 0.01), the product felt comfortable (z = 2.41; P < 0.02) and the product was not messy to use (z = 3.11; P < 0.01). Although it appears that adolescents are interested in microbicides, they may worry about certain characteristics of the product. It will be important to develop anticipatory guidance that focuses on the experience of using the product, making sure adolescent girls continue to use over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Acceptability
  • Adolescents
  • Sexuality
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Topical microbicides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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