Philippe Gaillard 1Reinhilde MelisFabian MwanyumbaPatricia ClaeysEsther MuigaiKishorchandra MandaliyaJob BwayoMarleen Temmerman


PMID: 11919501

DOI: 10.1097/00002030-200204120-00019


After discussing advantages and risks, only a third of the 290 HIV-infected women included in an intervention study to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Mombasa, Kenya, informed their partners of their results. Despite careful counselling, 10% subsequently experienced violence or disruption of their relationship. To increase the uptake of interventions to reduce perinatal HIV transmission safely, we recommend the involvement of partners in HIV testing. In addition, the counselling of women has to address methods and skills to deal with violence.