Fifty Cents a Father

December 1, 2014 10:41 PM

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The support and understanding of the male partner is necessary for all women going through pregnancy and childbirth. It is especially important when it comes to HIV testing during pregnancy and follow-up care and support for those living with HIV. Male involvement has been shown to reduce HIV-related stigma and fear of HIV testing during pregnancy due to violence and abandonment.

In Malawi, 40,000 babies are born with HIV every year. Without any intervention, two-thirds of these children will not reach their first birthday. With the use of antiretrovirals, the transmission of HIV from mother to baby can be reduced, but many times the first step towards health is through the ...

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