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Title: Future HIV Vaccine Acceptability Among Young Adults in South Africa
Contributor(s): Sayles, Jennifer N (author); MacPhail, Catherine  (author)orcid ; Newman, Peter A (author); Cunningham, William E (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1177/1090198109335654
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Abstract: Developing and disseminating a preventive HIV vaccine is a primary scientific and public health objective. However, little is known about HIV vaccine acceptability in the high-prevalence setting of South Africa, where young adults are likely to be targeted in early dissemination efforts. This study reports on six focus groups (n = 42) conducted in 2007 with South Africans aged 18 to 24 years. A deductive framework approach is used to identify key motivators and barriers to future HIV vaccine uptake. Participants identify HIV testing, HIV stigma, mistrust of the health care system, and concerns about sexual disinhibition as barriers to vaccine uptake. For women, family members and friends are strong motivators for vaccine uptake, whereas men are more likely to see vaccines as an opportunity to stop using HIV prevention strategies such as condoms and partner reduction. Implications of these findings for developing HIV vaccine dissemination strategies and policy in South Africa are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Health Education & Behavior, 37(2), p. 193-210
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1552-6127
Field of Research (FOR): 111716 Preventive Medicine
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920401 Behaviour and Health
920412 Preventive Medicine
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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