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Factors associated with child abandon in HIV infected mothers.
Prasert P; Chantcharas MS; Satasit MS; Thanprasertsuk DR; Community
December 30, 1998
Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:979 (abstract no. 44218). Unique Identifier :

OBJECTIVE: To identify factors associated with child abandon among HIV infected mothers in order to deliver specific preventive measures. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study. Cases were selected all of abandon children born from HIV infected mothers during 1992-1995 of 8 regional and general hospitals which were purposively selected and controls were non-abandon children born from HIV infected mothers selected by using criteria of birth time that close to birth time of each case with ratio of case to control was 1:2. Data including demographic characteristics, history of antenatal care and counseling services were collected by reviewing all available medical records and interviewing health personnel. RESULTS: Totally there were 16 abandon children and 29 non abandon children born from HIV infected mothers. 12 out of 29 male children (41.4%) and 4 out of 16 female children (25%) born from HIV infected mothers were abandoned. Child health problems after birth diagnosed by doctor were significantly increased risk of child abandon (OR = 30.86, 95% CI 2.91-780.68). Those mothers who did not regularly visit ANC clinic were increase risk of child abandon (OR = 11.67, 95% CI 1.42-122.62) and those mothers who did not get AIDS counseling services were increase risk of child abandon (OR = 17, 95% CI 2.00-190.72) CONCLUSIONS: There were limitation of study, a) incomplete data in medical records b) recall bias from interviewing health personnel and c) small sample size of cases. However this study can guide health personnel to improve health services in effective way in order to prevent child abandon. Recommendations is that a prospective research design should be proper for further study or surveillance system should be established to monitor abandon children.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Case-Control Studies *Child, Abandoned Female Human *HIV Infections Infant, Newborn Male *Mother-Child Relations