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Table 4 Traits of an ideal microbicide

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

Important1 for microbicide to: All women (N = 39) Men (N = 19)
Add extra lubrication during sex 69% (27/39) 58% (11/19)
Dry the vagina 41% (16/39) 37% (7/19)
Make the vagina feel warm 90% (35/39) 79% (15/19)
Make the vagina feel tight 67% (26/39) 74% (14/19)
Make your/your partner's vagina feel clean 95% (37/39) 95% (18/19)
Increase your own sexual pleasure 100% (39/39) 84% (16/19)
Increase your partner's sexual pleasure 90% (35/39) 84% (16/19)
Not be noticed by you 90% (35/39) 90% (17/19)
Not be noticed by partner 85% (33/39) 84% (16/19)
Smell good 77% (30/39) 68% (13/19)
Taste good 51% (20/39) 47% (9/19)
  1. 1. Here, "Important" combines the responses very important and somewhat important.