Journal Article

The Knowledge and Acceptance of the HIV Prevention Program in Pregnant Women in the Free State Province of South Africa

D. J. Griessel, A. E. van der Vyver, G. Joubert, Gregory Ludada, Jerome Mogorosi, Mongezi Tau and Solly Thibile

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 56, issue 4, pages 263-264
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmp113
The Knowledge and Acceptance of the HIV Prevention Program in Pregnant Women in the Free State Province of South Africa

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HIV infection has a major impact on the health of children in South Africa because the current prevention programs are ineffective. We evaluated the knowledge of prevention of mother to child transmission at a level-two hospital in the Free State Province of South Africa. A descriptive study was done using interviews of postpartum mothers during a 1-month period. Our results show a population vulnerable to the HIV epidemic, but with inadequate knowledge about perinatal HIV transmission. This implies that a more effective perinatal and especially postnatal antiretroviral regimen should be a priority for our health planners.

Keywords: HIV prevention; knowledge; maternal–fetal transmission

Journal Article.  764 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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