Women who test positive for HIV during pregnancy continue to increase in Ghana.
The experiences of pregnant women diagnosed with HIV during antenatal clinic visit were
explored. The descriptive qualitative design was used to obtain narrative accounts on test
experiences, coping strategies and availability of support for HIV positive pregnant women.
Respondents were purposively selected from Ridge Hospital in Accra. Required data
saturation was attained with a sample size of 10 respondents from in-depth interviews. The
interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis of the text data
through a systematic classification process of coding and identifying themes and patterns was
done concurrently. The major themes that emerged from the data were discovery and
diagnosis of HIV in pregnant women, disclosure of status, attitude of midwives, experience of
taking antiretroviral drugs, social support and coping strategies. Stigmatisation, rejection, lack
of support and unfavourable experiences with midwives and other health professionals was
prevalent during antenatal care and labour among pregnant women diagnosed with HIV. The
women were unwilling to disclose their status because of the negative outcomes. It is
imperative that prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV strategy place emphasis on
psychosocial support for HIV positive pregnant women to enhance their quality of life.
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