Background: This study examined predictors of repeat pregnancy among women from the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in Zimbabwe. Methods: The study was conducted at urban antenatal clinics in Chitungwiza, a high HIV prevalence urban town on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe. Using a cross-sectional design, 79 HIV-positive and 80 HIV-negative women who had participated in a PMTCT program in their index pregnancy were interviewed in Shona using a standardized questionnaire 24 months after delivery of their index pregnancy. Logistic regression was used to determine whether a relationship exists between repeat pregnancy and HIV status, socioeconomic status, age, Fertility Attitude Score, and previous pregnancy outcomes. Results: In multivariate analysis, factors associated with an increased likelihood of repeat pregnancy were death of a child (odds ratio [OR], 3.9; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.25-12.52; p = .0019), miscarriage (OR, 3.4; 95% CI, 1.23-9.34; p = .019), and each additional child (OR, 4.6; 95% CI, 1.89-11.52; p = .001). Decreased likelihood of repeat pregnancy was associated with decreased rank order of living conditions (OR, -0.75; 95% CI, 0.55-0.95; p = .021), each additional year of age (OR, -0.86; 95% CI, 0.77-0.97; p = .012), and higher Fertility Attitude Score (OR, -0.76; 95% CI, 0.64-0.91; p = .002). Conclusion: HIV status alone was not significant as a predictor of repeat pregnancy. Women's childbearing intentions are not influenced by the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) in this population. Future research is needed to address the cultural attitudes and sexual practices of HIV-positive women in order to minimize the threat of MTCT.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health(social science)
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Maternity and Midwifery