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Pregnancy Decisions Among Women with HIV

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Nearly 80% of women currently infected with HIV are of childbearing age. As women of childbearing age continue to be at risk of contracting HIV, there will be an increased need for choices about whether or not to have biological children. The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the influence of partners, physicians, and family members on pregnancy decisions, as well as the impact of HIV stigma on these decisions. Results indicated that most women chose not to become pregnant since learning their HIV diagnosis and the woman’s age at the time of diagnosis is significantly associated with this decision. Additional factors included fear of transmitting HIV to their child, personal health-related concerns, and desire to have children. Women with a procreative inclination were more likely to choose to become pregnant which outweighed social support and personal health concerns. Implications and suggestions for future research are noted.

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This work was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (R01MH62293). We thank the women who participated in this study.

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Craft, S.M., Delaney, R.O., Bautista, D.T. et al. Pregnancy Decisions Among Women with HIV. AIDS Behav 11, 927–935 (2007).

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