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Fertility intentions of HIV-infected women in the United Kingdom.

Cliffe, Susan; Townsend, Claire L; Cortina-Borja, Mario; Newell, Marie-Louise.
AIDS Care; 23(9): 1093-101, 2011 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Abr 2011 | ID: mdl-21480008
Resumo: In the United Kingdom (UK), the number of pregnancies in HIV-infected women has increased dramatically over the last decade, but attitudes towards childbearing among infected women have not been previously described. The aim of this survey was to explore fertility intentions among HIV-infected women and to assess the effect of HIV treatment and interventions for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) on these intentions. HIV-infected women, aged between 16 and 49 years, attending one of seven HIV clinics in the UK between July 2003 and January 2004 were asked to complete a questionnaire. Information on demographic factors, HIV test history, pregnancy history and fertility intentions (i.e., desire for children) was collected. Eighty-six per cent of eligible women (450/521) completed the questionnaire. Three quarters of women (336/450) reported that they wanted (more) children. Forty-five per cent (201/450) reported that HIV diagnosis did not affect their fertility intentions, 11% (50/450) that it made them want children sooner, and 10% (44/450) did not know or reported other views. About one third of women (155/450) decided they no longer wanted children after their HIV diagnosis, but 41% of these (59/144) had changed their mind following advances in HIV management and treatment. Factors associated with an increase in fertility intentions after advances in HIV management and treatment were being in a partnership and having fewer than two children. In this survey of HIV-infected women, the majority wanted children and women were more likely to want children after improvements in HIV management and treatment. These findings highlight the need for specialised family planning and reproductive health services targeting this population.