Views of Luba-Kasai Men, Zambia, about Prevention of HIV Transmission to Babies

Jaana Auvinen, Jari Kylmä, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki, Max Bweupe, Tarja Suominen

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Objective: This study describes the views of Luba-Kasai men (a Congolese tribe living in Lusaka Province, Zambia) about different methods through which they can prevent their babies from being exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection during pregnancy, delivery and feeding. Design and Sample: Individual semi-structured interview study with a sample of Luba-Kasai refugee men (n = 21). Measures: Data were translated into English and analyzed using content analysis. Results: Two methods of prevention emerged: (1) Outside support (pastoral support, e.g., maintaining a spiritual outlook on life, and support from the public health service); and (2) Adopting safe practices around their own and their families' lifestyle. Conclusion: Additional attention to male participation in antenatal clinics may strengthen prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-507
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • Fathers
  • Infectious disease transmission
  • Qualitative research
  • Refugees
  • Vertical transmission
  • Zambia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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