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High Mobile Phone Ownership, but Low Internet and Email Usage among Pregnant, HIV-Infected Women Attending Antenatal Care in Johannesburg

Citation

Clouse, Kate; Schwartz, Sheree R.; Van Rie, Annelies T.; Bassett, Jean F.; Vermund, Sten H.; & Pettifor, Audrey E. (2015). High Mobile Phone Ownership, but Low Internet and Email Usage among Pregnant, HIV-Infected Women Attending Antenatal Care in Johannesburg. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 21(2), 104-107. PMCID: PMC4860457

Abstract

We investigated mobile phone usage amongst HIV-positive pregnant women attending antenatal services in a primary care clinic in Johannesburg (n = 50). We conducted a semi-structured interview and asked them about their mobile phone, Internet and email use. The median age of the women was 28 years, 36% had moved one or more times in the past year, and most were employed or recently employed, albeit earning low wages. Nearly all women (94%) reported that they did not share their phone and 76% of the SIM cards were registered to the woman herself. The median time with the current phone was one year (range 1 month-6 years) and the median time with the current phone number was three years (range 1 month-13 years). Even though 42% of the participants were from outside South Africa, they all had mobile phone numbers local to South Africa. About one-third of respondents reported Internet use (30%) and about one-fifth reported using email (18%). Overall, 20% accessed the Internet and 10% accessed email on their mobile phone. Mobile phone interventions are feasible amongst HIV-positive pregnant women and may be useful in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Email and Internet-based interventions may not yet be appropriate.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1357633x14566569

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2015

Journal Title

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

Author(s)

Clouse, Kate
Schwartz, Sheree R.
Van Rie, Annelies T.
Bassett, Jean F.
Vermund, Sten H.
Pettifor, Audrey E.

PMCID

PMC4860457