HIV, Pregnancy and Mental Health

This literature review looked at the mental health variables from studies involving HIV-positive women both during pregnancy and postpartum. Globally, it was found that mental health issues, especially depression, are prevalent in HIV-positive women and can adversely affect their quality of life and health outcomes. This provides evidence for the development of programs to improve mental health outcomes in HIV-positive pregnant and postpartum women worldwide.


Kapetanovic S, Dass-Brailsford P, Nora D, Talisman N. Mental health of HIV-seropostive women during pregnancy and postpartum period: a comprehensive literature review. AIDS Behav. 2014 Jun;18(6):1152-73.



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