HIV-infected mothers' foci of concern during the viral testing of their infants.
The objective of this study was to explore HIV-infected mothers' most worrisome concerns during their infants' HIV viral testing. A total of 20 HIV-infected women consented to one antepartum and five postpartum study visits clustered around infant HIV viral testing time points. Content analysis was used to categorize maternal responses about their concerns. The majority (80%) of mothers identified infant health as the most worrisome concern during the prenatal and early postpartum periods. This concern declined after the second infant viral test result but rebounded before obtaining the final viral test. Once the final viral test result was known, the majority (60%) of mothers identified psychosocial issues as most worrisome. Maternal health did not surpass infant health or psychosocial issues as a primary concern. The primary concern of the HIV-infected mothers in this study was infant health during the infant viral testing period. Maternal health issues remained secondary to infant health and psychosocial issues as major concerns several months after infant viral testing was completed.
Shannon, M; Kennedy, HP; Humphreys, JC
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