Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women

Paula M. Frew, Richard A. Crosby, Laura F. Salazar, Lauren P. Gallinot, Lawrence O. Bryant, David R Holtgrave

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Purpose: To explore the attitudes, opinions and concerns of minority women regarding acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with high-risk minority women (≥18 years of age) attending an urban Atlanta health clinic specializing in sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Interviews were transcribed and content analyzed to identify common factors related to acceptance of an HIV/AIDS vaccine. Results: Nine major themes were identified. These were general acceptance of an HIV/AIDS vaccine, concerns about the vaccine, vaccine knowledge, testing and research, provider recommendation, mistrust, alternative medicine, misperceptions and vaccine accessibility/ availability. A strong theme emerged about the need for information from HIV/AIDS vaccine clinical trials, including the demographics of the studies' volunteer base, to inform decision-making about taking an HIV/AIDS vaccine in the future. Conclusions: Although fewer than half of the women indicated they would receive or recommend the vaccine, most agreed that development of a vaccine was an important endeavor. The findings of this study may assist in future efforts to determine how best to promote acceptance of an HIV/AIDS vaccine to minority women should one become available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-813
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Volume100
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008

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Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Minority health
  • Prevention
  • Research
  • Women's health

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  • Medicine(all)

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Frew, P. M., Crosby, R. A., Salazar, L. F., Gallinot, L. P., Bryant, L. O., & Holtgrave, D. R. (2008). Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women. Journal of the National Medical Association, 100(7), 802-813.

Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women. / Frew, Paula M.; Crosby, Richard A.; Salazar, Laura F.; Gallinot, Lauren P.; Bryant, Lawrence O.; Holtgrave, David R.

In: Journal of the National Medical Association, Vol. 100, No. 7, 07.2008, p. 802-813.

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Frew, PM, Crosby, RA, Salazar, LF, Gallinot, LP, Bryant, LO & Holtgrave, DR 2008, 'Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women', Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 100, no. 7, pp. 802-813.
Frew PM, Crosby RA, Salazar LF, Gallinot LP, Bryant LO, Holtgrave DR. Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008 Jul;100(7):802-813.
Frew, Paula M. ; Crosby, Richard A. ; Salazar, Laura F. ; Gallinot, Lauren P. ; Bryant, Lawrence O. ; Holtgrave, David R. / Acceptance of a potential HIV/AIDS vaccine among minority women. In: Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008 ; Vol. 100, No. 7. pp. 802-813.
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