HIV immunization: acceptability and anticipated effects on sexual behavior among adolescents

J Adolesc Health. 1999 Nov;25(5):320-2. doi: 10.1016/s1054-139x(99)00066-x.


Adolescents rated hypothetical human immunodeficiency virus vaccines described as 90% and 50% efficacious and discussed how immunization might influence behavior of their peers. The low-efficacy vaccine was largely unacceptable and most believed immunization with the high-efficacy vaccine would cause increased risk behaviors. Immunization programs will need to address vaccine acceptability issues and behavioral responses to immunization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Vaccines*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Urban Population


  • AIDS Vaccines