On Tuesday, 21 July, Kathrin Schmitz, Director of the Department of Programmes & Technical Support, spoke at the 2015 International AIDS Conference, with a presentation titled “Retaining mother-baby-pairs in care and treatment: the mothers2mothers Mentor Mother Model.”
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Also on Tuesday, Anne Schley, Senior Training & Capacity Building Advisor, presented an oral poster discussion titled “Gender Matters: When, Why, and How.” Here are the details from her poster:
Examining the relationship between paediatric PMTCT outcomes and knowledge of partner status
Background: HIV-positive mothers who knew their male partners were HIV-negative were less likely to bring their infants for PCR testing at 6-8 weeks, of for a follow-up test at 18 months, compared to mothers who knew their partners were HIV-positive.
Aim: Further investigate the role that knowledge of one’s partner’s HIV status plays in the uptake of paediatric PMTCT services.
Method: Secondary analysis of mothers2mothers Internal Programme Evaluation 2013, bivariate analysis (chi-square), binary logistic regression analysis using STATA 12.
Results: Knowledge of partner HIV status was significantly associated with uptake of paediatric PMTCT services. Mothers who knew their partner’s HIV status were more likely to take up paediatric PMTCT services compared to those who did not know their partner’s status.
- Infant PCR test uptake rises 9.53% when mothers know their partner is HIV positive.
- Infant PCR test results uptake rises 13.6% when mothers know their partner is HIV positive.
Conclusion: Additional primary research on the effects of concordancy and discordancy on PMTCT outcomes is recommended. Our secondary analysis suggests that uptake of paediatric PMTCT services is more likely to occur amongst clients who know that they are in a concordant relationship. This evidence supports m2m’s inclusion of a tailored serodiscordant couples education and support intervention to facilitate mutual disclosure of HIV status in partners, especially in the context of Option B+, thus improving outcomes in the postnatal care cascade.
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