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J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Nov;27(8):812-5.

Sex and reproduction among HIV-infected people in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

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  • 1Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria.


For HIV-infected people, prevention of transmission of the virus to their spouses and other sexual partners can only be achieved through abstinence and safer sex practices using condoms. New drugs and technologies are now available that can prevent vertical transmission of the virus. A total of 262 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) were interviewed to explore their sexual and reproductive desires and practices. About 75.6% of them were sexually active and 62.2% never used condoms. Although only 26.3% had no living child, the majority of these (71.4%) wanted to have children. Their knowledge of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and how to prevent it was good. PLWHA engage in unprotected sexual intercourse with the desire to have more children. It is expected that more paediatric HIV infections will be seen in the future in a poor-resource setting like ours.

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