Care should be taken when promoting microbicide use among sex workers who are able to use condoms consistently: response to Smith et al. (2005)

PATH, Seattle, Washington, United States
AIDS (Impact Factor: 5.55). 02/2006; 20(2):303-5. DOI: 10.1097/01.aids.0000199834.87606.5b
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