Learning Objective 1: 1.To provide information to nurse midwives as regards lived experiences of pregnant women enrolled in a PMTCT Programme
Learning Objective 2: 2. To facilitate development of educational programmes to address the health needs for pregnant women living with HIV infection for health promotion
To explore the lived experiences of pregnant women living with Human Immune deficiency virus (HIV )infection enrolled in a enrolled in a Provider initiated Prevention of Mother toChild Transmission (PI-PMTCT)programme
Qualitative methods;phenomenological apparoach using individual face to face in depth interviews.The study was exploratory; descriptive and contextual. A purposive sample of 19 pregnant women participated in the study. Sample size was determined by data saturation. The method of descriptive data analysis of Tesch was utilized. Trustworthiness was achieved by using the criteria credibility; transferability; dependability and confirmability.
The results indicate that most of the participants had hope for quality life following a positive result Themes which emerged following included the need for quality life; a feeling of safe disclosure; perceived stigmatization and marital breakdown. Pender’s Health belief model framed the researchers theoretical persperctive.
The availability and provision of antiretrovirals as both prophylaxis and curative at no cost to the pregnant women has brought hope for quality life for pregnant women liiving with HIV infection.