Newman, P.A. and Cameron, S. and Roungprakhon, S. and Tepjan, S. and Scarpa, R. (2015) 'Acceptability and preferences for hypothetical rectal microbicides among a community sample of young men who have sex with men and transgender women in Thailand : a discrete choice experiment.', AIDS and behaviour., 20 (11). pp. 2588-2601.
Rectal microbicides (RMs) may offer substantial benefits in expanding HIV prevention options for key populations. From April to August 2013, we conducted Tablet-Assisted Survey Interviewing, including a discrete choice experiment, with participants recruited from gay entertainment venues and community-based organizations in Chiang Mai and Pattaya, Thailand. Among 408 participants, 74.5 % were young men who have sex with men, 25.5 % transgender women, with mean age = 24.3 years. One-third (35.5 %) had ≤9th grade education; 63.4 % engaged in sex work. Overall, 83.4 % reported they would definitely use a RM, with more than 2-fold higher odds of choice of a RM with 99 versus 50 % efficacy, and significantly higher odds of choosing gel versus suppository, intermittent versus daily dosing, and prescription versus over-the-counter. Sex workers were significantly more likely to use a RM immediately upon availability, with greater tolerance for moderate efficacy and daily dosing. Engaging key populations in assessing RM preferences may support biomedical research and evidence-informed interventions to optimize the effectiveness of RMs in HIV prevention.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1258-9|
|Publisher statement:||The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1258-9|
|Date accepted:||22 December 2015|
|Date deposited:||04 July 2018|
|Date of first online publication:||22 December 2015|
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