Catherine S Todd

Columbia University, New York City, New York, United States

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Publications (1)3.49 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa disproportionately affects women of reproductive age. The increasing provision of Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) with improved prognosis and maternal-fetal outcomes calls for an understanding of fertility planning for HIV-positive women. We describe the effect of HIV and HAART on pregnancy desires and contraceptive use among HIV-positive women in Soweto, South Africa. Focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted with 42 HIV-positive women of reproductive age. Analysis was performed using ATLAS-ti (ATLAS-ti Center, Berlin). Emergent themes were impact of HIV diagnosis on pregnancy intentions; factors affecting contraceptive uptake including real and normative side effects, body image, and perceived vaginal wetness; and the mitigating influence of partnership on both pregnancy intentions and contraceptive use. Routine counseling about pregnancy desires and contraception should be offered to HIV-positive women.
    AIDS and Behavior 04/2009; 13 Suppl 1:47-54. · 3.49 Impact Factor

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25 Citations
3.49 Total Impact Points

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  • 2009
    • Columbia University
      • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      New York City, New York, United States