An HIV+ pregnant mom learns about Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission strategies

An HIV+ pregnant mom learns about Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission strategies

What can the nurses do to make her feel less scared?

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Thabiso, a pregnant woman with HIV, is at the clinic. Head Nurse Mmabatho tells her, “With good ART and viral suppression the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby is much less than five percent. Thabiso will be on ART for life. Thabiso nods, “Whatever it takes I’ll do it.”

Thabiso attends a group information session about HIV and its transmission. Then sits down with Mmabatho for an individual session. Thabiso also goes for post-test counselling after her rapid HIV test. Here she learns more about HIV and how to adapt her lifestyle. She should watch her diet and eat more nutritious food. Mmabatho advises her to practice safe sex. She should take precautions not to fall ill.

Thabiso goes on the PMTCT programme. Mmabatho explains medication adherence to Thabiso. Mmabatho, “I want you to stick to your HIV regimen and take it as indicated, okay Sweetie. If you don’t it could put your lives in danger… and please come see us here”. Thabiso must stick to her clinic appointments.

At home, Thabiso takes her medication. Her husband, Lungelo wants to know if she has a headache. She lies and tells him that she does. He thinks it’s a shame. He wanted to have sex. But Thabiso is not in the mood for it. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be in the mood again. She uses her ‘headache’ as an excuse for now. But at some point she must tell Lungelo.

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