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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, Greg, Fortenberry, J. Dennis, Reece, Michael, Graham, Cynthia and Murray, Maresa (2009) Young women's use of a vaginal microbicide surrogate: the role of individual and contextual factors in acceptability and sexual pleasure Journal of Sex Research, 46, (1), pp. 15-23. (doi:10.1080/00224490802398407).

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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.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 206733
ISSN: 0022-4499
PURE UUID: f87a4dde-54b3-4869-b7bf-f7a93bc84cc9
ORCID for Cynthia Graham: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 10 Jan 2012 17:20
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

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Author: Amanda E. Tanner
Author: Greg Zimet
Author: J. Dennis Fortenberry
Author: Michael Reece
Author: Cynthia Graham ORCID iD
Author: Maresa Murray

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