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Mr. Adebimpe Wasiu Olalekan

Designation:  

Country:   Nigeria

Education:  
Ph.D., in Public Health

Conference Attended:  
1st International Scientific E-Conference 2014

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Best Paper Award Bronze

Mr. Adebimpe Wasiu Olalekan

Theme of Conference:   New Frontiers in Scientific Research of the Millennium

Article Topic:   Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Early Diagnosis and Prevention of HIV among Women of Reproductive Age in Southwestern Nigeria

ABSTRACT:

INTRODUCTION

Culture and social status are key determinate of attitude and behaviour towards prevention and control of many diseases of Public health importance including HIV.

OBJECTIVES

This study determines socio-cultural barriers to early diagnosis and prevention of HIV among women of reproductive age in Southwestern Nigeria

METHODS

Descriptive cross sectional qualitative study among women of reproductive age group and health care givers concerning socio and cultural factors influencing diagnosis and prevention of HIV. Five Focus Group Discussions (FGD) of 8 eligible respondents each were conducted using a pretested FGD guide in collecting data from the randomly selected subjects. Data was analyzed using simple content analysis.

RESULTS

Cultural and social factors influencing HIV vulnerability and transmission identified include low education status, poor awareness among women, low employment and economic power, adverse religious beliefs and practices, reluctance to accept teaching of FLHE in schools and the public, stigma and discrimination even from the health care workers affecting health seeking behaviour. Other factors include polygamy, male dominance, low decision power and value of women, remarrying after divorce, widowhood rights, wife inheritance and sharing, early marriage, and some cultural breastfeeding practices encouraging HIV transmission

CONCLUSION

Raising community awareness by traditional, cultural and religious gatekeepers becomes imperative to circumvent many of the identified social and cultural factors constituting barriers and influencing HIV diagnosis and prevention