Family Planning Critical in HIV-Ridden Uganda
December 3, 2009
Uganda residents with HIV are far more likely than their HIV-negative neighbors to want to stop having children, a new study shows -- a finding that suggests a way to limit the spread of the infection there.
The researchers called for integration of public health messages regarding HIV prevention, which promote condom use, and those regarding family planning, which encourage the use of oral contraceptives. Ugandan women have an average of seven children, and the country has the world's third-highest birth rate.
"If the groups were more linked and talked about ways to protect yourself against HIV and unintended pregnancy simultaneously, that would be better," Heys said.
Uganda currently has about 940,000 HIV-positive residents in a population of 31 million. Some 14,000 babies are infected with HIV at birth each year, and the epidemic has orphaned about 1.5 million Ugandan children.
The study, "Fertility Desires and Infection With HIV: Results From a Survey in Rural Uganda," was published in AIDS (2009;23():S37-S45).
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.