Affiliations: Public Health
Award: Woodrow Wilson
Social factors affecting microbicide acceptability: a qualitative study on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention in the Southern Cape Peninsula
This research project was focused on assessing the acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis, most specifically microbicides, as a means of preventing HIV acquisition. In South Africa, as well as many other regions of the world, HIV is a highly stigmatized sexually transmitted disease that currently has no cure. In Cape Town, where this research was primarily conducted, socioeconomic status and health disparities are major contributors to disease. The effect of tribal beliefs and traditions plays a significant role in the perception of western medicine and many biomedical advancements for HIV prevention. This study gauged opinions of young adults ages 18-24 surrounding microbicide use as well as social factors that affect the perception of HIV prevention through focus group discussions.
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Nelson, Department of Sociology