Pregnant young women's attitudes about microbicides: The anticipated influence of the grandmother and father of the baby on microbicide use

Jenny K.R. Francis, Lauren Dapena Fraiz, Marina Catallozzi, Ariel M. Deroche, Christine Mauro, Susan L. Rosenthal

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Grandmothers and fathers of the baby may influence pregnant women's microbicide use. Pregnant young women's attitudes about grandmothers' and fathers' role in decision-making and their involvement in microbicide use were assessed. Participants (n≤108) had a mean age of 20.2 years. The majority anticipated that the grandmother, father or both would have a decision-making role. Greater grandmother involvement in microbicide use was significantly associated with being younger, having no reproductive tract infection or contraceptive-ring-use history. Greater father involvement in use was associated with being in a relationship with him. Strategies for engaging grandmothers and fathers in microbicide use should be developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-583
Number of pages3
JournalSexual Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • adolescents
  • mothers
  • social context
  • young adults.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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