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dc.contributor.authorPorts, Katie A.
dc.contributor.authorMosavel, Maghboeba
dc.contributor.authorHaffejee, Firoza
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T08:12:28Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T08:12:28Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationHaffejee, F,; Ports, K. A. and Mosavel, M. Knowledge and attitudes about HIV infection and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in an urban, low income community in Durban, South Africa: Perspectives of residents and health care volunteers. Health SA Gesondheid. 21: 171-178.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1025-9848
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10321/1640
dc.description.abstractBackground: HIV prevalence is high among South African women of reproductive age and transmission of HIV from mothers to children is a concern. This study ascertained the level of knowledge about HIV infection and prevention, particularly prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) amongst South African women from a low income commu-nity. It also established the challenges in delivering HIV education from the perspectives of health care volunteers. Method: Female residents (n ¼ 67) from Kenneth Gardens, a low income community in Durban, South Africa were interviewed. In-depth semi-structured interviews were con-ducted with 12 health care volunteers who were either health care workers or residents who provided some form of social support in the community. Results: Themajority of respondents indicated that amother could transmit HIV to her child but were unable to specify how. Many women had general HIV/AIDS knowledge but were unable to identify essential prevention behaviours and were not very receptive to more information on HIV/AIDS. They were supportive of routine testing procedures and child bearing amongst HIV positive women. Health care volunteers indicated a need for a community clinic in the area. They also had limited knowledge of PMTCT and indicated that there was a need for more ed-ucation on HIV, particularly to encourage the youth and men to use preventative measures. Conclusion: Innovative ways to impart knowledge particularly of PMTCT and updated standards of practice are essential. It is important that the community understands how transmission occurs so that prevention can follow.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAOSISen_US
dc.subjectAIDSen_US
dc.subjectHIV Knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectHIV Transmissionen_US
dc.subjectPMTCTen_US
dc.titleKnowledge and attitudes about HIV infection and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in an urban, low income community in Durban, South Africa: Perspectives of residents and health care volunteersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnumDUT-005169en_US


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