Attitudes Toward Antiretroviral Therapy Among African American Women
Objective: To examine attitudes and beliefs of African American women of childbearing age, living with HIV, about pregnancy and antiretroviral therapy.
Methods: Focus groups were conducted using an exploratory design with a convenience sample of HIV-infected women in 2 southeastern cities.
Results: Thirty-three African American women of child-bearing age participated in 5 focus groups. Attitudes and beliefs about antiretroviral therapy were related to the women's willingness to comply with treatment.
Conclusion: The challenge for health care providers is to counter women's willingness to “play the odds“ of having a noninfected baby without taking antiretrovirals.
Richter, D. L., Sowell, R. L., & Pluto, D. M. (2002). Attitudes toward antiretroviral therapy among african american women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 26(1), 25-33.