Journal article

The "work'' of women when considering and using interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV

Michelle L Giles, Margaret E Hellard, Sharon R Lewin, Mary L O'Brien

AIDS CARE-PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIO-MEDICAL ASPECTS OF AIDS/HIV | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

This paper explores HIV-infected women's experiences of considering and using recommended interventions during pregnancy and postpartum to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Data were collected from 45 HIV-infected women aged 18-44 years living in Melbourne, Australia. A semi-structured interview was used to collect qualitative information on women's reproductive experience and intentions. The 15 women who had their children after their HIV diagnosis engaged in significant work including surveillance and safety work to minimise stigma and infection, information work to inform decisions and actions, accounting work to calculate risk and benefit, hope and worry work concerning a child..

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