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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 9-10

Prevalence of HIV infection in pregnant women in Enugu, Nigeria


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Statistics Unit, Community Medicine Department, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Joseph I Ikechebelu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
Nigeria
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Compulsory antenatal screening for HIV infection was conducted for pregnant women between July 1993 and July 1995 at Enugu, to determine the prevalence of HIV infection in this group. 1845 antenatal women were tested. 25 had confirmed positive test given a prevalence rate of HIV infection of 1.36%. The rate however increased from 1.1% in 1993 to 1.8% in 1995. Though this increase was not statistically significant with X2 value of 0.831 and P <0.05, the rise may reflect the rising infection rate in a stable heterosexual society like Nigeria. Urgent measures should be taken to protect our women as paediatric HIV infection will equally be on the increase and the health care givers are exposed to greater risks.


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