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AIDS Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 478065, 8 pages
Research Article

Childbearing Decision Making: A Qualitative Study of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Southwest Nigeria

Department of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State University, 315 Health and Human Development East, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Received 16 June 2012; Revised 7 November 2012; Accepted 13 November 2012

Academic Editor: Elizabeth Bukusi

Copyright © 2012 Y. A. Sofolahan and C. O. Airhihenbuwa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Using the PEN-3 model, the purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the factors responsible for the childbearing decisions of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHA) in Lagos, Nigeria. Sixty WLHA who sought care at a teaching hospital in Lagos were recruited to participate in in-depth interviews. The average age of the participants was 30 years, and 48 participants were receiving antiretroviral therapy. Healthcare and spiritual practices, healthcare provider-patient communication about childbearing, and husband/partner support emerged as factors that contribute to the childbearing decisions of WLHA. The findings reveal the importance of discussing sexual reproductive health and childbearing issues with WLHA in the healthcare context prior to pregnancy.