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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 709784, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/709784
Research Article

HIV Awareness and Risk Behavior among Pregnant Women in Mateete, Uganda (2010)

1Institute of Biomedicin, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Guldhedsgatan 10A, P.O. Box 7193, SE-40234 Gothenburg, Sweden
2Bamu Hospital, Mateete, Uganda

Received 27 July 2011; Accepted 5 September 2011

Academic Editor: K. Chan

Copyright © 2011 Josefin Sandqvist et al. 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.

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate current knowledge, risk behavior, and attitudes among pregnant women in Mateete, Uganda. Methods. We collected 100 questionnaires and performed 20 interviews among women who attended antenatal care. Findings. All the women had heard about HIV/AIDS, and 92% were aware of mother-to-child transmission. The women overestimated the risk of achieving the virus since 45% believed in transmission by mosquitoes and 44% by kissing. Many pointed out that married women as a group were infected more often because of unfaithful partners who refused to use condoms during sex. Conclusion. The women were well aware of the routes of HIV transmission. Schools and governmental campaigns have played an important role in educating people about the disease but there is still a great need to reach out to people in rural areas with both health care and correct information.