Views of Luba-Kasai Men, Zambia, about Prevention of HIV Transmission to Babies

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Abstract

Objective

This study describes the views of Luba-Kasai men (a Congolese tribe living in Lusaka Province, Zambia) about different methods through which they can prevent their babies from being exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection during pregnancy, delivery and feeding.

Design and Sample

Individual semi-structured interview study with a sample of Luba-Kasai refugee men (n = 21).

Measures

Data were translated into English and analyzed using content analysis.

Results

Two methods of prevention emerged: (1) Outside support (pastoral support, e.g., maintaining a spiritual outlook on life, and support from the public health service); and (2) Adopting safe practices around their own and their families' lifestyle.

Conclusion

Additional attention to male participation in antenatal clinics may strengthen prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

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