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Acceptability of intrapartum HIV counselling and testing in Cameroon

Kongnyuy, Eugene J., Mbu, E. R., Mbopi-Keou, F. X., Fomulu, N., Nana, P. N., Tebeu, P. M., Tonye, R. N. and Leke, R. J. I. (2009) 'Acceptability of intrapartum HIV counselling and testing in Cameroon'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Vol 9.

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Background: To assess the acceptability of intrapartum HIV testing and determine the prevalence of HIV among labouring women with unknown HIV status in Cameroon. Method: The study was conducted in four hospitals (two referral and two districts hospitals) in Cameroon. Labouring women with unknown HIV status were counselled and those who accepted were tested for HIV. Results: A total of 2413 women were counselled and 2130 (88.3%) accepted to be tested for HIV. Of the 2130 women tested, 214 (10.1%) were HIV positive. Acceptability of HIV testing during labour was negatively associated with maternal age, parity and number of antenatal visits, but positively associated with level of education. HIV sero-status was positively associated with maternal age, parity, number of antenatal visits and level education. Conclusion: Acceptability of intrapartum HIV testing is high and the prevalence of HIV is also high among women with unknown HIV sero-status in Cameroon. We recommend an opt-out approach (where women are informed that HIV testing will be routine during labour if HIV status is unknown but each person may decline to be tested) for Cameroon and countries with similar social profiles. © 2009 Kongnyuy et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Additional Information: Export Date: 24 November 2009 Source: Scopus Art. No.: 9 CODEN: BPCMB doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-9-9 PubMed ID: 19250517 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Kongnyuy, E.J.; Child and Reproductive Health Group, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent adult article attitude to illness Cameroon clinical effectiveness controlled study educational status female human Human immunodeficiency virus infection intrapartum care major clinical study maternal age parity patient attitude patient counseling pregnancy prenatal care prevalence counseling labor middle aged pregnancy complication psychological aspect serodiagnosis socioeconomics AIDS Serodiagnosis HIV Infections Humans Labor, Obstetric Patient Acceptance of Health Care Pregnancy Complications, Infectious Socioeconomic Factors Young Adult
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 240 Pregnancy complications (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503.5 Complications
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy > WQ 200 General works
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
QY Clinical Pathology > Blood. Blood Chemistry > QY 400 General works
WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 710 Diseases of geographic areas
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Child & Reproductive Health Group
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Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 16:55
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 10:58


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