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Knowledge, attitudes and practices of contraception by HIV positive women followed in a Cameroon region with high illiteracy rate: A cross sectional study

E Nkwabong, V Minda, JN Fomulu


Introduction: To evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practices of contraception by HIV positive women.

Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out in the Maroua Regional Hospital (Cameroon) from September 1st, 2012 to  February 28th, 2013. All HIV positive women aged between 15 and 49 years who were received in the HIV clinic were recruited. The variables recorded included maternal age, number of living children, marital status, religion, the educational level, and the use of antiretroviral treatment (HAART), the knowledge, attitude and practice of contraception. Analyses were done using SPSS 18.0. Fisher exact test was used for comparison. The level of significance was P<0.05.

Results: A total of 200 HIV positive women were recruited and 98% knew at least one method of contraception The need of a contraceptive method was present in 84% of HIV positive women, as soon as the women were .30 years (OR 2.6, 95%CI 1.3-4.9), on HAART (OR 2.8, 95%CI 0.8-9.2), divorced (OR 1.7, 95%CI 0.8-3.7), had .3 living children (OR 1.2, 95%CI 0.6-2.4) and when the women were educated (OR 1.2, 95%CI 0.6-2.4). The rate of condom use was 50.7%.

Conclusion: The knowledge of contraception as well as the contraception need among HIV positive women was high in this region despite high  illiteracy rate. Therefore, all contraceptive methods should be made  available to these women. Towards these women and their partner(s),  more emphasis should be made on the systematic condom use even when using other contraceptive methods (dual protection).
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