Women's acceptability and husband's support of rapid HIV testing of pregnant women in India

A. V. Shankar, H. Pisal, O. Patil, A. Joshi, N. Suryavanshi, A. Shrotri, K. E. Bharucha, P. Bulakh, M. A. Phadke, R. C. Bollinger, J. Sastry

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This study examined acceptability among pregnant women and their husbands for HIV testing within the antenatal clinic (ANC) and delivery room (DR) of a government hospital in Pune, India from September 2000 to November 2001. Acceptance of HIV counselling and testing was high with 83% of eligible women in the antenatal clinic (851 of 1025) and 68% of eligible women in the delivery room (417 of 613) getting tested on the same day. Structured interviews were conducted on 94 pregnant women in the ANC, 50 women in the DR, and 100 husbands who accompanied their wives in the ANC. These data indicated that the majority of women agreed to be tested independently without the need for further consultation with family members, a view that was strongly supported in this sub-sample of accompanying husbands. For delivering women who were not progressing in their labour, counselling in the DR allowed for individual attention to questions and concerns thereby making counselling in the DR feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-874
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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