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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 167-170

A retrospective cohort study on effect of literacy status of HIV-positive pregnant women on possibility of child getting HIV infected

1 AIDS Prevention & Control Society, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 National Health Mission, Swasthya Bhawan, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_88_17

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Introduction: Prevention of parent-to-child transmission (PPTCT) program aims at reduction of HIV transmission through vertical route. Although medical intervention reduces chance of HIV transmission substantially, several demographic factors are often contributory. Minimum literacy is required for HIV-infected individuals to understand the course of medicine and to ensure compliance to the treatment which may have impact on vertical transmission. The objective of this study is to analyze relationship between maternal education and possibility of her babies to get HIV infected. Materials and Methods: A retrospective cohort study was carried out through analysis of secondary data during the period from April 13 to September 16 from all stand-alone integrated counseling and testing centers in West Bengal. A total number of 326 HIV-exposed babies, whose 6th week HIV-Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) reports are available and both the mother-baby received PPTCT services, were recruited in the study, and their maternal literacy status was substantiated and analyzed. Results: HIV positivity among HIV-exposed babies was found to be 6.67% whose mothers were illiterate as compared to 5.55% whose mothers were literate up to primary standard and 3.93% whose mothers were educated up to secondary standard. HIV positivity among the exposed babies whose mothers studied higher secondary standard or above showed zero HIV positivity. Chi-square was done to ascertain statistical significance but result was inconclusive although the trend shows increasing chance of HIV-exposed babies to get infected with decreasing literacy. Conclusion: Maternal literacy status favorably influences vertical transmission of HIV.

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