HIV seropositive women and their partners facing the decision of a pregnancy

Fernanda Peixoto Cordova Anna Maria Hecker Luz Agnes Peruzzo Innocente Eveline Franco da Silva About the authors

The purpose of this qualitative, descriptive exploratory study is to investigate the reasons why HIV seropositive women and their partners make the decision of becoming pregnant despite the risk of vertical transmission, contamination or reinfection of the partner. The subjects of this study were six pregnant women. Data collection was done through a semi-structured questionnaire which was organized in the NVIVO 2.0 software and interpreted through theme-based content analysis. Through this analysis three themes emerged: Pregnancy planning; Knowledge of HIV/AIDS transmission and treatment; Living in the context of HIV/AIDS. The relevance of this study resides on the fact that the desire of the couple in becoming parents remains, despite of the awareness regarding the risks of vertical transmission and contamination.

AIDS Serodiagnosis; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Pregnant Women; Qualitative Research; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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