PhD Upgrading Seminar: Barriers and facilitating factors to Prevention of Mother-To-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) knowledge and cascade completion by Female Sex Workers (FSWs) in Zambia and South Africa

Thursday 29th November, 1pm

LG6, Keppel Street

Speaker: Judie Mbogua

HIV prevalence amongst female sex workers (FSWs) is almost 12 times higher than in the population as a whole in the 110 countries with available data. HIV can be passed from an infected mother to her child during pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding. As many FSWs continue to sell sex during pregnancy, there are high and sustained risks of HIV infection and subsequently of vertical transmission of HIV. The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) cascade is a series of essential steps to prevent transmission of HIV from an HIV-infected mother to her infant. The overall aim of the proposed research is to determine the barriers and facilitators to FSWs’ knowledge of PMTCT, as well as PMTCT cascade completion/non-completion among HIV‐infected FSWs, with the goal of informing policy and the design of PMTCT programmes that target FSWs.

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