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Table 1 Interview discussion guide

From: Perceptions of Sudanese women of reproductive age toward HIV/AIDS and services for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Theme Example of questions
Knowledge about HIV/AIDS and PMTCT transmission/prevention In your opinion, how do people get infected with HIV?
How do you think we prevent ourselves and our children from being infected with HIV?
To what extent do you think that the HIV virus can be transmitted from mother to child, and how?
How can mother to child transmission be prevented?
Perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, response efficacy How severe do you think the consequences of HIV are for you? And why?
How severe do you think the consequences of HIV are for your child, and why?
How likely do you think it is that you will be affected by HIV, and why?
How likely do you think it is that your child will be affected by HIV? Why?
How useful is HIV testing during pregnancy for you? Why?
How useful is HIV testing during pregnancy for your child? Why?
Attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control What do you see as the advantages of you taking an HIV test during pregnancy?
What do you see as the disadvantages of you taking an HIV test during pregnancy?
What else comes to mind when you think of HIV testing during pregnancy?
Who would approve and think you should undergo an HIV test during pregnancy?
Who would disapprove and think you should not take an HIV test during pregnancy?
What are the factors/circumstances that would make it easy for you to take an HIV test during pregnancy?
What are the factors/circumstances that would make it difficult for you take an HIV test during pregnancy?
Personal responsibility, norm-violating behavior To what extent is a mother responsible for getting HIV? Why?
To what extent is a child responsible for getting HIV infected and why?
Which behaviors are, according to you, related to becoming HIV infected? Why?
In your opinion: Do you think that a person who is HIV+ but not sick should be allowed to continue working with the public? (E.g. a teacher, a nurse or a doctor) Why?
If someone is HIV+ should s/he let others know her/his status? Why?