Measuring Social Harms in Research and Programs on Women-Initiated HIV Prevention Methods

Recent studies of female-initiated HIV prevention products suggest experiences of social harm, including intimate partner violence (IPV), may inhibit some women’s ability to consistently use HIV prevention products. Documenting experiences of social harm is critical for women’s safety and successful use of HIV prevention. This brief summarizes how five HIV prevention trials defined and measured social harms and makes recommendations for future research and programs.