Title: Understanding the Needs of Women Living with HIV in the Russian Federation: How to Keep Women on Treatment After Childbirth (Improving the access to treatment and care services for HIV positive women in Russia).
Financed by: University of Michigan(USA).
Project Coordinator in the Russian Federation: Irina Evdokimova.
Lead Researcher: Elizabeth King, University of Michigan (USA), School of Public Health.
Time Frame: June 2016 – February 2017.
Location: Saint Petersburg and Sverdlovsk Oblast.
This research is a pilot project with the intention of discovering the factors that affect HIV positive women’s adherence to treatment after having given birth (for the first two years) in a megapolis (Saint Petersburg) and a small town (in Sverdlovsk Oblast). In order to determine these factors, interviews will be conducted with 50 HIV positive women who have given birth to a child in the past two years and 20 specialists who provide care for HIV positive women.
Describe how women who learn of their HIV positive status prior to and during pregnancy decide whether or not they will take ART following childbirth.
Determine which factors prevent and which factors promote women’s adherence to ART following childbirth from the point of view of HIV positive women and specialists who provide them with social and medical care.
Identify which services women need to remain adherent to treatment following childbirth.
Evaluate of the factors that impact adherence through a gendered approach.
Specially trained staff members from non-profits, including peer counselors, were invited to conduct the interviews.