In order to help identify strategies for introducing vaginal microbicides for the control of HIV transmission, a qualitative study of issues likely to influence the introduction of microbicides was conducted between September 2002 and September 2003 in Langa, a peri-urban site in the Western Cape province, South Africa, and at national and provincial levels. It made use of interviews and focus group discussions with a variety of respondents including community members, health care providers and managers, government officials and representatives of nongovernmental and health professional organizations. Critical issues to be addressed in building support for microbicides and facilitating smooth introduction were identified, and a list of 16 recommendations is provided for making the case for microbicides, development of introduction strategies, and further research.
viii + 65 pp. Published by EngenderHealth (New York, USA), University of Cape Town (South Africa), International Partnership for Microbicides and Population Council.