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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31804b465b

Correlates of Acceptance of a Hypothetical Gonorrhea Vaccine by Incarcerated Women

Bonney, Loida E. MD, MPH*†; Rose, Jennifer S. PhD†‡; Clarke, Jennifer G. MD, MPH†‡; Hebert, Megan R. MA†; Rosengard, Cynthia PhD, MPH†‡; Stein, Michael MD†‡

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Objectives: This study sought to identify correlates of acceptance of a hypothetical Neisseria gonorrhea (GC) vaccine in a high-risk sample of incarcerated women.

Goals: The goal of this study was to inform efforts to promote acceptance of STI vaccines in development.

Study Design: This study consisted of a cross-sectional survey using a structured questionnaire.

Results: The majority (79%) of incarcerated women surveyed would accept GC vaccine. In multivariate analyses that controlled for demographics, significant health belief model psychosocial correlates of higher acceptance were perceived severity of infection (OR = 3.33) and vulnerability to infection (OR = 2.85). Fear of vaccination was significantly correlated with lower acceptance (OR = 0.42).

Conclusions: Incarcerated women's willingness to accept a hypothetical GC vaccine is explained by components of the health belief model and a component of the theory of reasoned action.

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