n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Pregnant women's knowledge about the early infant diagnosis of HIV test and feeding practices for HIV exposed infants in the Molemole Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa : TB, HIV/AIDS and other diseases

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


All pregnant women who seek antenatal health care at the public clinics are supposed to be offered HIV counselling and testing. Those who agree to test and test HIV-positive are advised to bring their infants for the Early Infant Diagnosis HIV test at six weeks to determine their HIV status. A qualitative study was conducted in the Primary Health Care clinics of the Molemole Municipality of the Capricorn District, Limpopo Province to explore the knowledge of pregnant women about the Early Infant Diagnosis HIV test conducted at six weeks. Purposive sampling was used to select pregnant women who were receiving antenatal health care and that had tested positive for HIV. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with 15 pregnant women who voluntarily agreed to participate in the study and signed a written consent form. Data were analysed using the Tech's open coding method. The study revealed that pregnant women had adequate knowledge about the Early Infant Diagnosis HIV test. They were also aware of the importance of knowing their HIV status and the correct feeding method to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS. Further research should be conducted to determine the reasons why pregnant women do not take their infants for the Early Infant Diagnosis HIV test even if they have the knowledge about it. Tracing of women who fail to bring their infants for the Early Infant Diagnosis HIV test should be done by community home-based carers.

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