n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Challenges experienced by pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in rural Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS experience insufficient support from their spouse/life partner, family members and the society at large. They also lack financial support as most of them are unemployed and depending on their children's grants, maintenance from former husband and support from their husbands who are not full time employees. The study explored challenges experienced by pregnant women who are living with HIV/AIDS at the Vhembe District of Limpopo Province and to determine the level of support needed. The study was qualitative, explorative, descriptive, phenomenological, and contextual in nature. The population comprised all pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS at the Vhembe District of Limpopo Province. Purposive sampling method was used to select 12 participants for the study. Data were collected through in-depth individual interviews, guided by in-depth individual unstructured questions. Tesch's eight steps of qualitative data analysis were used. Measures to ensure trustworthiness and ethical issues were observed. The results of the study revealed that pregnant women who are living with HIV/AIDS were experiencing lack of physical, emotional and financial support, and acceptance by the society. In view of the enormous challenges that pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS face in their everyday life, they need to receive support financially, emotionally and physically.

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