A Study of Hong Kong Chinese Pregnant Women's Perceived Risks and Risk Management of HIV/AIDS and their Preference of HIV Screening

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A Study of Hong Kong Chinese Pregnant Women's Perceived Risks and Risk Management of HIV/AIDS and their Preference of HIV Screening
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A Study of Hong Kong Chinese Pregnant Women's Perceived Risks and Risk Management of HIV/AIDS and their Preference of HIV Screening
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Loke, Alice Yuen, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Choi Fung Ho, MSc
A study of Hong Kong Chinese pregnant women's perceived risk and risk management of HIV/AIDS, and their Preference of HIV Screening LOKE, Alice Yuen RN, BSN, MN. PhD HO, Choi Fung RN, BSN, MSc (Health Care) ABSTRACT Background & Aims: Little is known about women's perceived risk, risk management of suspect HIV infection, and opinions about screening test in Hong Kong. This study aims to explore pregnant women's perceived risks, risk management behaviour, and their preference of Hong Kong Chinese pregnant women on HIV screening. Methods: A cross-sectional study. All Chinese pregnant women who attended an antenatal clinic of a regional hospital in Hong Kong in the month of December 2000 were invited to complete a questionnaire. Findings: About 36.7% of all pregnant women perceived risk of contracting HIV. Only eight believe that 'HIV infection was not their concern'. If HIV infection were suspected, over 70% of women would take HIV screening together with their spouse. If confirmed of infection, only 24% will consider termination of their pregnancy. Women with lower education (OR= 0.24; 95% C.I, 0.08-0.73), with presence of risky behaviour (OR=4.38; 95% C.I., 0.95-20.26) and those perceived to have HIV infection risk are more likely to undertake the newly proposed antenatal HIV screening in Hong Kong. As much as 78.5% and 72.8% of women believe HIV screening should be tested before marriage and planning for pregnancy respectively instead of current antenatal screening practice. Recommendations: Health educators should provide education programmes for women at risk to enhance their knowledge on mother-to-child HIV transmission, and to promote their awareness on safe sex. Although, identification of HIV infected pregnant women by antenatal screening is crucial to prevent mother-to-child transmission, health policy makers are suggested to explore the possibility of providing pre-marriage and pre-pregnancy HIV screening for women.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Study of Hong Kong Chinese Pregnant Women's Perceived Risks and Risk Management of HIV/AIDS and their Preference of HIV Screeningen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149058-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Study of Hong Kong Chinese Pregnant Women's Perceived Risks and Risk Management of HIV/AIDS and their Preference of HIV Screening</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Loke, Alice Yuen, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The Hong Kong Polytechnic University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hsaloke@polyu.edu.hk</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Choi Fung Ho, MSc</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">A study of Hong Kong Chinese pregnant women's perceived risk and risk management of HIV/AIDS, and their Preference of HIV Screening LOKE, Alice Yuen RN, BSN, MN. PhD HO, Choi Fung RN, BSN, MSc (Health Care) ABSTRACT Background &amp; Aims: Little is known about women's perceived risk, risk management of suspect HIV infection, and opinions about screening test in Hong Kong. This study aims to explore pregnant women's perceived risks, risk management behaviour, and their preference of Hong Kong Chinese pregnant women on HIV screening. Methods: A cross-sectional study. All Chinese pregnant women who attended an antenatal clinic of a regional hospital in Hong Kong in the month of December 2000 were invited to complete a questionnaire. Findings: About 36.7% of all pregnant women perceived risk of contracting HIV. Only eight believe that 'HIV infection was not their concern'. If HIV infection were suspected, over 70% of women would take HIV screening together with their spouse. If confirmed of infection, only 24% will consider termination of their pregnancy. Women with lower education (OR= 0.24; 95% C.I, 0.08-0.73), with presence of risky behaviour (OR=4.38; 95% C.I., 0.95-20.26) and those perceived to have HIV infection risk are more likely to undertake the newly proposed antenatal HIV screening in Hong Kong. As much as 78.5% and 72.8% of women believe HIV screening should be tested before marriage and planning for pregnancy respectively instead of current antenatal screening practice. Recommendations: Health educators should provide education programmes for women at risk to enhance their knowledge on mother-to-child HIV transmission, and to promote their awareness on safe sex. Although, identification of HIV infected pregnant women by antenatal screening is crucial to prevent mother-to-child transmission, health policy makers are suggested to explore the possibility of providing pre-marriage and pre-pregnancy HIV screening for women.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:55:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:55:23Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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