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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-67

Knowledge of nurses in caring for pregnant women with HIV/AIDS infection


Program Officer, JHPIEGO, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

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HIV is one of the most threatening acquired infections which can be transmitted from mother to baby. Women of reproductive age comprise more than half of the 33 million people currently living with HIV around the world. Amongst 0.48% of the antenatal mothers attending antenatal clinics it is estimated that 20,000 children are infected by HIV/AIDS contributing to 30% of vertical transmission. In India, stigma and discrimination towards HIV patients hinders them from seeking the best health care services. This descriptive study was done to assess the knowledge of staff nurses in caring for HIV infected pregnant women. Staff nurses working in a Government Hospital, Visakhapatnam were selected through purposive sampling. Questionnaire was administered and data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that 16.67 % had inadequate knowledge, 60 % had moderately adequate knowledge, and 23.33% had adequate knowledge. This study highlighted the need for the knowledge of the nurses as they are the key persons in antenatal clinics providing awareness and Counselling for HIV mothers in order to increase the effective use of Antiretroviral therapy to prevent parent to child transmission.


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