The perceptions of HIV negative pregnant women towards HIV preventative sexual behaviour in one of the regional hospitals in Durban.
The aim of the study was to explore the perceptions of the HIV negative pregnant women, after their hiv negative results, towards preventive sexual behaviour. Methodology: A qualitative approach was used in exploring the perceptions of hiv negative pregnant women and describing their behaviour according to the findings. Fifteen participants were interviewed. Two semi - structured interviews were conducted with each participant, an initial interview and a verifying interview, for the purpose of saturation and verification. Each interview lasted for 20 - 30 minutes. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. Manual data analysis was used to identify categories and themes. Findings: The study revealed that the participants knew what the negative status entailed. They were also aware that there is a chance of hiv negative person being infected by hiv virus if they do not engage in preventive sexual behaviour. Furthermore, they had also disclosed their hiv negative status to their partners and most of the partners refused to go for testing. Though the participants believed that it was necessary to use condoms even if they were hiv negative, most of them had not use condoms during their last sexual intercourse. Reasons for not engaging in preventive sexual behaviour were revealed by the study. Recommendations were suggested for clinical practice, nursing education, management and research.