Int J STD AIDS. 1997 May;8(5):317-9. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
To assess the seroprevalence of HIV in pregnant women in northeastern
Zaire and factors that correlate with seropositivity, sequential blood
sampling and interviews were performed on 700 women at antenatal clinics
in northeastern Zaire. The seroprevalence of the 3 clinics surveyed
varied from 0.3%-5.5%, rates being higher in more urban areas.
Seropositivity was associated with greater education (P<0.001) and
having a partner whose job involved travelling (P<0.001). No correlation
was found with marital status, age, or gravidity. Women in northeastern
Zaire are at a greater risk of being infected with HIV if they are well
educated or have a husband who travels due to his work. Health education
on HIV should be particularly directed at women who are well educated
and at men who have mobile' jobs.
*HIV Seroprevalence *Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/EPIDEMIOLOGY