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.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of the National Medical Association|
|State||Published - Jul 2008|
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- Minority health
- Women's health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)