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Women living with HIV in South Africa and their concerns about fertility.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19301114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Health and quality of life benefits accrued from the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) are commendable, but the social milieu continues to pose challenges for women's decision making around having children. This paper qualitatively explored women's questions and concerns around living with HIV, being on HAART and pregnancy. Women of reproductive age were recruited from Eastern Cape and Gauteng Provinces, South Africa. Information on women's fertility desires and pregnancy planning was collected through participatory workshop, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. Three main themes emerged. Women living with HIV require information on the impact of HIV on pregnancy outcomes and vice versa. Women who are young, lost a child, not consistently using contraception or who have not been seriously ill have positive reproductive aspirations. Ambivalent attitudes of health care workers towards pregnancy impacts women's fertility aspirations. Unbiased pre-conceptual communication should form part of HIV treatment and care services, despite expressed pregnancy intentions.
Mzikazi Nduna; Lindiwe Farlane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-03-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS and behavior     Volume:  13 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1573-3254     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Behav     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-25     Completed Date:  2009-07-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712133     Medline TA:  AIDS Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, Private Bag X3, Wits, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
Attitude of Health Personnel
HIV Infections / drug therapy,  psychology*
Interviews as Topic
Reproductive Behavior / psychology*
South Africa
Young Adult

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