2012 SEP 24 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on AIDS Behavior. According to news reporting out of Los Angeles, California, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Conjoint Analysis (CJA), a statistical market-based technique that assesses the value consumers place on product characteristics, may be used to predict acceptability of hypothetical products. Rectal Microbicides (RM)-substances that would prevent HIV infection during receptive anal intercourse-will require acceptability data from potential users in multiple settings to inform the development process by providing valuable information on desirable product characteristics and issues surrounding potential barriers to product use."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "This study applied CJA to explore the acceptability of eight different hypothetical RM among 128 MSM in Lima and Iquitos, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Overall RM acceptability was highest in Guayaquil and lowest in Rio. Product effectiveness had the greatest impact on acceptability in all four cities, but the impact of other product characteristics varied by city. This study demonstrates that MSM from the same region but from different cities place different values on RM characteristics that could impact uptake of an actual RM."
According to the news editors, the researchers concluded: "Understanding specific consumer preferences is crucial during RM product development, clinical trials and eventual product dissemination."
For more information on this research see: Using Conjoint Analysis to Measure the Acceptability of Rectal Microbicides Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Four South American Cities. AIDS and Behavior, 2012;16(6):1436-1447. AIDS and Behavior can be contacted at: Springer, Plenum Publishers, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; AIDS and Behavior - www.springerlink.com/content/1090-7165/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.J. Kinsler, University of California, David Geffen Sch Med, Program Global Hlth, Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States (see also AIDS Behavior).
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