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PURPOSE Access to legal abortion services is restricted in Latin America. Nonetheless, previous research suggest that women frequently use misoprostol to self-induce abortion. In many settings, women obtain the medication from a pharmacy. This study was conducted to better understand pharmacy staff knowledge and provision practices of misoprostol and other(More)
Recent media coverage and case reports have highlighted women's attempts to end their pregnancies by self-inducing abortions in the United States. This study explored women's motivations for attempting self-induction of abortion. We surveyed women in clinic waiting rooms in Boston, San Francisco, New York, and a city in Texas to identify women who had(More)
CONTEXT Misoprostol was used by women across Mexico to induce abortion even before 2007, when first-trimester abortion was legalized in Mexico City. Pharmacy vendors' misoprostol recommendation practices across subregions of Mexico after abortion legalization warrant examination. METHODS Overall, 192 pharmacies in four regions of Mexico were randomly(More)
INTRODUCTION Although highly legally restricted, abortion is legal in cases of rape throughout Mexico. This study describes women's and physicians' experiences obtaining/providing legal abortion services in cases of rape in Mexico City. MATERIAL AND METHODS We interviewed five women who experienced a pregnancy as a result of rape. Physicians and(More)
Despite recognition that traditional Mexican gender norms can contribute to the twin epidemics of violence against women and HIV, there is an absence of published literature on experiences of violence among Mexican women with HIV. We conducted a cross-sectional survey with 77 HIV-infected women from 21 of Mexico's 32 states to describe experiences of(More)
OBJECTIVE In the last decade, important advances were made in the struggle for reproductive rights in Mexico. The goal of this study was to discover the opinions of decision-makers about the grounds for legal abortion as well as to explore their perceptions about further liberalization of abortion laws countrywide. MATERIAL AND METHODS In-depth interviews(More)
Emergency contraception (EC) has the potential to improve women's reproductive health significantly. In Honduras, where nearly one-fourth of pregnancies are unplanned, the need for EC is substantial. To increase awareness of this option, nongovernmental organizations launched countrywide EC outreach activities in 2001-03. We conducted pre- and(More)
BACKGROUND In Mexico, abortion is not penalized when a woman gets pregnant as a result of rape, yet access to abortion services is limited. Understanding physicians' opinions about abortion is critical to creating strategies that will broaden women's access to services. STUDY DESIGN Multivariate logistic regression was performed using data collected from(More)
Cationic steroid antibiotics (CSAs), or ceragenins, are amphiphilic compounds consisting of a cholic acid backbone that is attached to several cationic amines. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that CSAs possess antiparasitic activities with minimal to no effects on mammalian cells, and thus could be used as potential therapeutic agents against(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to examine knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding legal abortion among a group of Peruvian physicians. METHODS A pre-conference survey was mailed to Peruvian physicians invited to a workshop on legal abortion. A post-conference survey was distributed following the event. RESULTS Eighty-six percent of 35 respondents correctly(More)