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Men advised to visit antenatal clinics

19 August 2015, 08:07 Corrie

Nakuru - Health practitioners have noted that involvement of men in antenatal clinics may help reduce cases of mother-to-child HIV transmission during and after birth.

According to Dr Ege Ogero, who works at the Nakuru County department of health, participation of men will enable the health practitioners to know the HIV status of both parents for purposes of prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

“At times, a mother can test positive but because of fear of revealing the status to the partner, she opts to keep quiet and even refuse to take drugs and precautions to prevent the baby from infection,” Dr Egero said.

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However, Dr Egero observed that with the involvement of women and their partners, guiding them and counseling them through and after pregnancy will help reduce the transmission from mothers to babies.

Dr Egero further noted that only two percent of men visit the antenatal clinics with their patners in public hospitals within Nakuru.

“If we make it a trend that women should be accompanied by their patners, we will have moved a step forward in fighting against the disease,” he pointed.

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