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Table 2 Thematic presentation of pregnant women’s perceptions and experiences of HIV testing as part of antenatal care at antenatal clinics in Ghimbi town, West Ethiopia

From: Perceptions and experiences of pregnant women about routine HIV testing and counselling in Ghimbi town, Ethiopia: a qualitative study

Themes Sub-themes
HIV testing during pregnancy is beneficial HIV status
Protect unborn babies
Inadequate pre-test counselling Client overload
Post-test counselling important
Prevention mother-to-child transmission of HIV is impossible
HIV testing is compulsory for all pregnant women HIV testing for all pregnant women
Government law
Emphasis on the benefits of HIV testing
Providers’ stance to protect unborn baby
HIV testing perceived as a prerequisite to other health services Denial of health services
Low quality of health services