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HIV awareness and risk behavior among pregnant women in Mateete, Uganda (2010)

Journal article
Authors Josefin Sandqvist
Johanna Wahlberg
Elly Muhumuza
Rune Andersson
Published in ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011
Issue Atricle ID 709784
Pages 7
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Biomedicine
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Infectious Medicine
Pages 7
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P...
Keywords HIV, pregnancy, risk behavior
Subject categories Microbiology, Infectious Medicine

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate current knowledge, risk behavior, and attitudes among pregnant women in Mateete, Uganda. Methods. We collected 100 questionnaires and performed 20 interviews among women who attended antenatal care. Findings. All the women had heard about HIV/AIDS, and 92% were aware of mother-to-child transmission. The women overestimated the risk of achieving the virus since 45% believed in transmission by mosquitoes and 44% by kissing. Many pointed out that married women as a group were infected more often because of unfaithful partners who refused to use condoms during sex. Conclusion. The women were well aware of the routes of HIV transmission. Schools and governmental campaigns have played an important role in educating people about the disease but there is still a great need to reach out to people in rural areas with both health care and correct information.

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