Factors Associated with Provider Initiated Test and Counselling Uptake among Pregnant Women at Kolser Community Health Center, South East Maluku

Maritjie F Papilaya, Muchlis Achsan Udji Sofro,  Antono Suryoputro


Masters Program in Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Diponegoro



Background : HIV infection in pregnant women can threaten the life of the mother and can transmit the virus to her baby. One of the countermeasures developed in preventing and reducing the risk of HIV transmission from mother to baby is through the Provider Initiated Test and Counseling (PITC) service. This HIV testing service is offered for pregnant women who visit antenatal care (ANC) at community health center. This study aimed to determine the factors associated with PITC uptake among preg­nant women at Kolser community health center, South East Maluku.

Subjects and Method:This was a cross sectional study, conducted at the Kolser community health center in South East Maluku. A total sample of 155 pregnant women was selected for this study. The independent variable was PITC service utilization. The dependent variables were knowledge, perceived vulnerability, perceived seriousness, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed using univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses.

Results:A total of 74.2% pregnant women used PITC service.52.9% of the pregnant women were 30 years old, 59.4 % had higher education, and 84.5% did not work. Multivariate analysis showed that the utilization of PITC service increased with higher education (OR=3.83; p= 0.001). The probability of a higher educated pregnant women to use PITC service was 53.67%.

Conclusion: Higher education increases the likelihood of pregnant women to use PITC service.

Keywords:PITC service, pregnant woman, knowledge, vulnerability, seriousness

Correspondence: Maritjie F Papilaya, Masters of Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Diponegoro. Email: papilayawilly@gmail.com. Mobile: 085343385199.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.03.02

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