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Type Journal Article - Ghana Medical Journal
Title Acceptability of routine offer of HIV testing (opt-out approach) among pregnant women in the Wa municipality
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Volume 45
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 0-0
URL http://www.ajol.info/index.php/gmj/article/viewFile/68916/56979
Abstract
Background: With the introduction of the opt out HIV testing policy in Ghana, the HIV test is offered routinely to all pregnant women unless they decline testing.
Objective: To assess acceptability of the routine offer of HIV testing antenatal clinic (ANC) clients in the Wa municipality, Ghana.
Design: Cross-sectional study of 270 randomly selected ANC attendees.
Results: More than 90% of respondents were in favour of the opt-out policy. The most commonly cited reasons were that it would help pregnant women know their status and facilitate prevention of mother to child
transmission of HIV (PMTCT). About 60% of respondents had tested for HIV in the current pregnancy with more than 90% reporting that the test was offered them in a manner in which they could have refused the test.
HIV testing in the current pregnancy was associated with having heard of the opt-out policy (p

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Nyuzaghl, J., S. Ohene, and K. Odoi-Agyarko. "Acceptability of routine offer of HIV testing (opt-out approach) among pregnant women in the Wa municipality." Ghana Medical Journal 45, no. 1 (2011): 0-0.
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