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PURPOSE Our purpose was to describe adolescent girls' perceptions of microbicide surrogates and experiences of use, including impact on sexual pleasure. METHODS Sexually experienced girls, 14-21 years, were recruited for a study examining microbicide acceptability. The girls were given vaginal moisturizers (gel or suppository) to use as if they were(More)
PURPOSE Topical microbicides could be a female-controlled method for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Microbicides could offer girls a potential preventive option, if they are able to access them. The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate girls', mothers', experienced healthcare providers', and medical students' views on(More)
Internet pornography (IP) use has increased over the past 10 years. The effects of IP use are widespread and are both negative (e.g., relationship and interpersonal distress) and positive (e.g., increases in sexual knowledge and attitudes toward sex). Given the possible negative effects of IP use, understanding the definition of IP, the types of IP used,(More)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous condition with symptom presentation that includes contamination, harm, unacceptable thoughts, and symmetry. Researchers have begun to examine the ideographic nature of OCD symptoms to aid the development of specialized treatment approaches. Obsessional beliefs are often implicated in the development and(More)
BACKGROUND The current study examined rates of comorbidity among children's symptoms of posttraumatic stress (PTS) and depression after a natural disaster, Hurricane Ike. We also compared children with comorbid symptoms to children without comorbid symptoms, examining recovery, severity of symptoms, and risk factors. METHOD Children (n=277; 52% girls; 38%(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Adolescent girls could benefit from topical microbicide use if the product is acceptable to them. GOAL The goal was to evaluate girls', mothers', experienced healthcare providers', and medical students' views on timing of use, efficacy, and safety of topical microbicide use by adolescents. STUDY DESIGN Focus groups were(More)
This study examined the reasons that adolescent girls used a product over time. Adolescent girls (n = 208; 14-21 years) participated in a six-month study in which they completed three face-to-face interviews and 24-weekly phone call interviews. Participants were given microbicide-like products (vaginal lubricants) and encouraged to use them with condoms(More)
BACKGROUND Topical microbicides could be a female-controlled method of preventing sexually transmissible infections. Despite the possibility of surreptitious use, most women report that they would tell partners, and microbicides may be detectable. The purpose of the present study was to examine communication between adolescent girls and their partners(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Topical microbicides, a female-initiated method to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI) and pregnancy, will only be effective if found acceptable. Mothers may have an influence on acceptability and use among adolescent girls. The current study examined the communication between girls and mothers to understand the potential(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Topical microbicides will only be effective if they are acceptable to potential users. The purpose of this study is to develop a scale to evaluate characteristics and aspects of topical microbicides that are important to adolescent girls. STUDY DESIGN Girls (n = 207) completed a questionnaire on perceptions of microbicide-like(More)