Study: HIV Stigma Stops Some Kenyan Women From Receiving Prenatal Care

A study of more than 1,700 women in rural Kenya found that the fear of being stigmatized as an AIDS patient prevents many pregnant women from receiving good medical care. Only 44 percent of the women surveyed gave birth in clinics because they were afraid of being tested for HIV and, if found to be positive, being kicked out by their husbands or judged by their neighbors. And the global study found that HIV-positive women were stigmatized worldwide. A Mexican women reported that a doctor told her, “How can you even think of getting pregnant knowing you will kill your child because you’re positive?”