Aims: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence, knowledge and attitude of HIV/AIDS among women attending ante-natal clinic in a rural community in Nigeria.
Method: It is a descriptive cross sectional study of women who attended ante-natal clinic at University Benin Teaching Hospital, Comprehensive Health Centre, Udo and Primary Health Care Centre in Udo Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. The respondents were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Results: Out of 300 questionnaires administered, 290 were returned properly completed and were analyzed. Two hundred and seventy (93.1%) respondents knew the mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS while 20(6.9%) did not know. One hundred and eighty five (63.8%) were tested for HIV/AIDS while 105 (36%) opted out. Out of the 185 tested for HIV, 156 (84.3%) of respondents were negative, while 29 (15.7%) were positive. Among the respondents, 241(83.1%) believed there was no cure for HIV, while 49 (16.9%) believed there was a cure. One hundred and fifty (51.7%) respondents believed that HIV can be transmitted from mother to the foetus.
Conclusion: Over the years, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women attending antenatal clinic has risen from less than 1% in 1991 to over 15% in 2006 to 2010 from this study. Knowledge of HIV was fair.