Prevalence of HIV infection in pregnant women in Mumbai, India: Experience from 1993-2004 and 2008

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Shah, Ira ; Lala, Mamatha ; Damania, Kaizad (2017)
  • Publisher: Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd
  • Journal: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, volume 6, issue 2, pages 240-242 (issn: 2249-4863, eissn: 2278-7135)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.219990, pmc: PMC5749063
  • Subject: prevalence | Original Article | R | pregnant women | HIV | Medicine
    mesheuropmc: virus diseases

Aim: Prevalence of HIV among pregnant women in India is of great concern, especially to prevent HIV in children. Mother–to-child transmission of HIV is the most common cause of transmission of HIV in children. Prevalence of HIV infection in pregnant women in India has ranged from 0.7% to 1.2%. Thus, estimating prevalence of HIV in pregnant women would aid in developing and prioritizing prevention of parent-to-child transmission of HIV programs. Materials and Methods: All pregnant women referred to the antenatal clinic from 1993 onward were tested for HIV infection by ELISA test after pretest counseling. A woman was diagnosed to be HIV infected if she tested positive on more than two HIV ELISA tests. Prevalence of HIV infection in them was calculated and also whether there was an increasing trend was determined. Results: A total of 123,439 pregnant women were tested for HIV from 1993 to 2004, of which 1797 women were HIV infected. Overall, the prevalence rate was found to be 1.4%. Prevalence rose from 0.76% in 1993 to 2.37% in 1998. However, from 2004, the prevalence has decreased to 0.6%. Conclusion: Prevalence of HIV in pregnant women in Mumbai is decreasing.
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