Poonam Varma Shivkumar

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BACKGROUND Testing pregnant women for HIV at the time of labor and delivery is the last opportunity for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) measures, particularly in settings where women do not receive adequate antenatal care. However, HIV testing and counseling of pregnant women in labor is a challenge, especially in resource-constrained(More)
An innovative simultaneous triple point-of-care (STPOC) screening strategy for syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV with Determine(®) tests was offered to pregnant women presenting for antenatal care and evaluated for feasibility and preference in rural India. Of 1066 participants approached, 1046 consented, of which 1002 (96.0%) completed the strategy. Only 9%(More)
INTRODUCTION HIV self-testing can increase coverage of essential HIV services. This study aimed to establish the acceptability, concordance and feasibility of supervised HIV self-testing among pregnant women in rural India. METHODS A cross-sectional, mixed methods study was conducted among 202 consenting pregnant women in a rural Indian hospital between(More)
INTRODUCTION Skin changes occur in about 90 % pregnant women in one form or the other. The various skin changes maybe either physiological (hormonal), changes in pre-existing skin diseases or development of new pregnancy-specific dermatoses. All of these dermatoses can be attributed to the profound hormonal, vascular, metabolic, and immunological changes(More)
UAE is a successful therapy to treat fibroids and is associated with a high level of satisfaction [1]. In the present study the most important early complication was ischemic pain, which was resistant to intravenous analgesia and was as high as 5.0 on the VAS for as long as 10 h after UAE. This is consistent with the literature [2]. Fibroid(More)
Worldwide Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) affects approximately 25% population and in India it affects 80% of pregnant mothers. A prospective observational study was conducted to know relationship between IDA in pregnancy and its effects on maternal health during pregnancy, labour and postpartum. Pregnant mothers with singleton pregnancy with gestational age >(More)
BACKGROUND New permanent contraceptive methods are in development, including nonsurgical permanent contraception (NSPC). OBJECTIVE In the present study, perceptions of NSPC in India among married women, married men, mothers-in-law, providers, and health advocates in Eastern Maharashtra (Wardha district) and New Delhi were examined. METHODS We conducted(More)