Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV: The Perception and Experiences of HIV Positive Mothers in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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T. Ashipa
A. N. Ofili

Abstract

Introduction: Mother-to-child transmission of HIV remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among under-five children in Nigeria.

Aim: This study explored the perception and experience of HIV positive mothers who had accessed services for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Methodology: This was a qualitative study. HIV positive mothers accessing services for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV were recruited from seven health facilities across Benin City. Data collected through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews sessions.

Results: The mothers study were happy that antiretroviral medications were provided free of charge at the clinics. They commended the friendly attitude of most health workers and were particularly delighted that they could now breastfeed their babies following the availability of antiretroviral medications for mothers and babies. The mothers however complained about the discriminatory attitude of some health workers at the sites.

Conclusion: The mothers’ were generally positive in their perceptions of the programme for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, some mothers reported negative experiences during their interactions with health workers at some of the health facilities providing comprehensive services for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

 

Keywords:
PMTCT, HIV, mothers, perception, experiences, Nigeria

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Ashipa, T., & N. Ofili, A. (2017). Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV: The Perception and Experiences of HIV Positive Mothers in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. International STD Research & Reviews, 5(2), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.9734/ISRR/2017/29202
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