Morbidity in the first year postpartum among HIV-infected women in Kenya

M. F. Chersich, S. M. Luchters, E. Yard, J. M. Othigo, N. Kley, M. Temmerman

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Objective: To assess the effects of HIV infection on morbidity and the needs of infected women for services in the first year postpartum. Methods: A cross-sectional study with 500 women attending a child-health clinic in Mombasa, Kenya. Results: Postpartum duration was a median of 3.3 months (interquartile range, 1.9-6.1 months). The 54 HIV-infected women had a lower income and less financial support than the uninfected women, and they were more likely to experience fever, dyspnea, and dysuria, and to have genital warts (odds ratio [OR], 9.6; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.6-35.6; P < 0.001), candidiasis (OR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.2-6.8; P = 0.012), and bacterial vaginosis (OR, 1.8; 95% CI, 0.95-3.3; P = 0.066). Six (nearly 15%) of the HIV-infected women had low- or high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, and 21 (42%) had an unmet need for contraception. More than half of all women were anemic, and normocytic anemia was predominant among the HIV infected. Conclusion: Compared with uninfected women, morbidity was increased for HIV-infected women during the year following delivery. This period could be used to offer these, and all-women, family planning services, cervical cancer screening, and treatment for anemia and reproductive tract infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV-infected women
  • Kenya
  • Maternal morbidity
  • Postpartum


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