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Obstetric practices related to HIV in Kerala

Lincoln Priyadarshi Choudhury, V Raman Kutty

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2007.005


Abstract

This survey of obstetricians’ knowledge and practices in two districts in Kerala, India, finds a number of unethical practices: most providers are unaware of the value of the rapid screening test for HIV; they do not give pregnant women the option to refuse testing;testing is done without counselling, private doctors refer pregnant women who test positive to government hospitals, and some health services have separate facilities for pregnant women who test positive.

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