Psychosocial support programs for HIV-positive women who are pregnant


Key take-home messages
  • Pregnant women with HIV have distinct psychosocial needs that must be addressed.
  • Very little research has investigated the most effective means of delivering psychosocial support to pregnant women with HIV.
  • Preliminary results from low- and middle-income countries have shown that providing psychosocial support, either individually or in groups, when delivered by competent and knowledgeable providers improves self-efficacy, self-esteem and self-care and improves health outcomes for mother and child.
  • The majority of research related to counseling for pregnant women with HIV has focused either on testing or on infant nutrition — the goal of both is to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Determinants of Health
    • Social support
  • Population(s)
    • Women
    • General HIV+ population
  • Prevention
    • Biomedical interventions


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