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
- General HIV+ population
- Biomedical interventions