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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Abstract

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)802-816
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Volume100
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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