Background: In Nigeria about 50,000 children are infected with HIV annually, mostly
through mother to child transmission, thus making her the greatest contributor
(30%) to the global paediatric HIV burden. Since the inception of the PMTCT
programme in Nigeria in 2001, the number of HIV+ pregnant women that had
accessed the service was more than 200,000. Some accessing the service more
than one time during different pregnancies.
Objectives: The study was conducted primarily to
determine, if there was any, the impact of maternal exposure to repeated PMTCT
care on the rate of mother to child transmission of HIV infection. Other
secondary objectives included calculating the proportion of PMTCT clients who
are accessing the PMTCT service for the first time, the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time
Methods: This was a
retrospective case-control multicenter study. PMTCT clients who have had repeated PMTCT
services form the case while the control group consisted of first-timers PMTCT
Results: The control group
consists of 387 HIV positive nursing mothers who were assessing the PMTCT
service for the first time while the case group consisted 116 who were repeated
users of the PMTCT service. Of the repeated PMTCT clients (case group), 95% (n=110)
were accessing the PMTCT service for the 2nd time while 5%(n=6)were
third time users of the PMTCT service. None had used the service for more than
3rd time. HIV vertical transmission rate was 0% among babies of
mothers who were having repeated PMTCT service(case group) while only 1.4%
babies whose mothers were receiving PMTCT service for the first time(control)
were vertically infected.
Conclusion: Though the vertical transmission of HIV was slightly higher among babies
whose mothers were exposed to the PMTCT service for the first time. The
difference in the transmission rates between the two groups was not
statistically significant P>0.05,
X2 = 1.309, df=1) and there was no statistical association between
the number of vertically HIV infected infants and the number of time the
mother was exposed to PMTCT services.
Keywords: HIV (human
immunodeficiency virus), Prevention of Mother To child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT),
ARV (antiretroviral drugs), PCR (polymerase chain reaction), Seroconversion, HAART.
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