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Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 680962, 6 pages
Research Article

Married Men Perceptions and Barriers to Participation in the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Care in Osogbo, Nigeria

1Department of Research and Reproductive Health, Public Health Promotion Alliance, Osogbo 3166, Nigeria
2Department of Community Health Nursing, Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island 569108, Nigeria
3Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan 2000005, Nigeria

Received 27 October 2013; Revised 8 December 2013; Accepted 28 December 2013; Published 19 February 2014

Academic Editor: Maretha J. Visser

Copyright © 2014 Ademola L. Adelekan 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.


Men’s role in HIV prevention is pivotal to changing the course of the epidemic. Men’s barriers toward participation in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) have not been adequately documented. This study is therefore designed to determine men’s level of awareness and barriers to their participation in PMTCT programmes in Osogbo, Nigeria. This study was a descriptive qualitative one that utilized Focus Group Discussion (FGD). One-hundred and sixty married men were selected by convenience sampling and interviewed. Data collected were analysed using content analysis technique. Demographic data were analysed using SPSS 15.0 software to generate frequency tables. Participants mean age was 31.9 ± 5.9 years. Many of the participants had heard about PMTCT and the majority agreed that it is good to accompany their wife to Antenatal Care (ANC) but only few had ever done so. Societal norms and cultural barriers were the leading identified barriers for male involvement in PMTCT programmes. The majority of the participant perceived it was a good idea to accompany their wife to antenatal care but putting this into practice was a problem due to societal norms and cultural barriers. Community sensitization programmes such as health education aimed at breaking cultural barriers should be instituted by government and nongovernmental agencies.