HIV testing among pregnant wives of migrant men in a rural district of India: urgent call for scale up

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Sarin, E., Nayak, H., Das, M., & Nanda, P.

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Women & Health

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53, 369-383


This study examines the prevalence of HIV testing and the barriers to testing among pregnant women, whose vulnerability to HIV is enhanced by their spouses’ risky behaviors. A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2010 to January 2011 among 357 women who had given birth in the last two years in a district in Orissa. The findings of this study point to the need to widen HIV testing to community-based services, increase coverage of HIV/sexually transmitted infection awareness and prevention programs, and encourage spousal communication through quality counseling.