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Sexual risk behaviour among HIV-infected women in the first twelve months after delivery in South Africa

Peltzer, Karl et al.

Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America). Volume 28:Issue 4 (2018); pp 330-335 -- co-published by NISC (Pty) Ltd and Routledge, Informa UK Limited [trading as Taylor & Francis Group]

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  • Title:
    Sexual risk behaviour among HIV-infected women in the first twelve months after delivery in South Africa
  • Author: Peltzer, Karl;
    Setswe, Geoffrey;
    Matseke, Gladys;
    Ramlagan, Shandir;
    Weiss, Stephen M.;
    Rodriguez, Violeta J.;
    Sifunda, Sibusiso;
    Cook, Ryan;
    Lee, Tae Kyoung;
    Jones, Deborah
  • Found In: Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America). Volume 28:Issue 4 (2018); pp 330-335
  • Journal Title: Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America)
  • Subjects: Blacks--Africa, Sub-Saharan--Psychology--Periodicals; Blacks--Latin America--Psychology--Periodicals; Psychology--Africa, Sub-Saharan--Periodicals; Psychology--Latin America--Periodicals; sexual risk behaviour--HIV-infected women--postnatal period--South Africa; Dewey: 155.8496
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  • Publication Details: co-published by NISC (Pty) Ltd and Routledge, Informa UK Limited [trading as Taylor & Francis Group]
  • Abstract: Abstract :

    This study aimed to assess sexual risk behaviour and its social correlates in HIV-infected women living in rural South Africa at six and twelve months post-partum. Participants were 699 HIV-positive women recruited prenatally by systematic sampling from twelve community health centres in Mpumalanga province, South Africa (mean age = 28.4 years, SD = 5.7; married =41.1%; serodiscordant or unknown partner status = 74.9%). They self-reported on their sexual activity six to twelve months after delivery; including use of condoms and partner involvement. Generalised linear mixed models were utilised to estimate unsafe sex outcomes from a prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) intervention, socio-demographic factors, disclosure, and male involvement. About 20% of sexually active women in the past week had used condoms inconsistently at six and twelve months after delivery. Moreover, 16% and 18% of the women had not used a condom at last sex and 11% and 13% had unprotected sex with HIV-uninfected or unknown-status partners following delivery at six and twelve months, respectively. Higher inconsistent condom use was likely with lower male involvement. Promotion of condom use post-partum, as well as male involvement in sexual decisions, are important for safer sex post-partum by seropositive women.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100067820347.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1433-0237; 10.1080/14330237.2018.1435048
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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