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Male Involvement In Antenatal Care Has Multiple Benefits For HIV Prevention, Treatment

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Julie Karfakis, Global Health Corps fellow at mothers2mothers

“Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, there is considerable evidence that a male partner’s involvement in a woman’s pregnancy and HIV treatment can help her stay in treatment and have a healthy, HIV-free baby. … Benefits of male involvement in PMTCT include increased communication between partners about HIV and its risks, and increased contraceptive use. Men who are supportive make it easier for their partners to seek treatment, stay in care, and adhere to medical regimens. Additionally, men’s involvement positively impacts infant feeding practices and decreases infant mortality…” (2/9).

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