Sexual and reproductive health

HIV-infected women and their families: psychosocial support and related issues

A literature review

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World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

HIV-infected women and their families: psychosocial support and related issues : a literature review

Publication details

Number of pages: 64
Publication date: 2003
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/03.07 - Web only

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This document is a review of global literature on psychosocial support and counselling available to HIV-infected pregnant women and their families. It presents information about practices and projects that care for HIV-infected women and their families throughout the world.

The document is divided into three sections. Section one provides a synthesis of the reviewed literature on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, voluntary HIV testing and counselling, and other issues that affect the care, psychosocial support and counselling needs of HIV-infected women and their families in the perinatal period. Section two provides examples from around the world of projects that focus on the care and support of women and families, with a focus on mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The final section contains recommendations on psychosocial support and counselling for HIV-infected women and families.