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Table 3 Participants' attitudes toward study products

From: Acceptability of Carraguard, a candidate microbicide and methyl cellulose placebo vaginal gels among HIV-positive women and men in Durban, South Africa

  All women (n = 27) Men (n = 13)
Overall study product rating:   
   • Liked 93% (25/27) 92% (12/13)
   • Felt neutral 4% (1/27) 8% (1/13)
   • Disliked 4% (1/27) 0
Liked gel's color 89% (24/27) 92% (12/13)
Liked gel's smell 85% (23/27) 69% (9/13)
Liked amount of gel 74% (20/27) 54% (7/13)
Liked gel's packaging 89% (24/27) Not applicable
Liked carrying applicators with you 67% (18/27) 46% (6/13)
Gel ever1 too wet 67% (18/27) 54% (7/13)
Gel ever too sticky 26% (7/27) 39% (5/13)
Gel ever come out of applicator too quickly 44% (12/27) 62% (8/13)
Gel ever soiled woman's clothes2 63% (17/27) Not applicable
Prefers lubrication during sex3 82% (32/39) Not applicable
Gel ever caused pain or irritation while using it 7% (2/27) 0
Gel ever caused pain or irritation after using it 4% (1/27) 0
Women in general could use gel without partner's knowledge 30% (8/27) 54% (7/13)
Woman herself would use gel without partner's knowledge 26% (7/27) Not applicable
Would buy gel to use with spouse/steady partner 100% (27/27) 100% (13/13)
  1. 1. Here, "Ever" includes the responses rarely, sometimes, often, almost always, and always.
  2. 2. Note: we also asked participants about the gels drying too quickly and being too sticky, and whether the gels came out of the applicator too slowly. Very few users reported any of these as a problem.
  3. 3. All women (N = 39), regardless of randomisation group, were asked this question.