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Turan B, Stringer KL, Onono M
Linkage to HIV care, postpartum depression, and HIV-related stigma in newly diagnosed pregnant women living with HIV in Kenya: a longitudinal observational study.
The investigators examined associations between linkage to HIV care, postpartum depression, and internalized stigma in a population with a high risk of depression: newly diagnosed HIV-positive pregnant women. They found that, in this study group of women from rural Kenya, at 6 weeks postpartum, those who had not linked to HIV care after testing positive at their first antenatal visit had higher levels of depression and internalized stigma, compared to women who had linked to care. Internalized stigma mediated the effect of linkage to care on depression. Furthermore, participants who had both linked to HIV care and initiated antiretroviral therapy reported the lowest levels of depressive symptoms.
Citation: Turan B, Stringer KL, Onono M . Linkage to HIV care, postpartum depression, and HIV-related stigma in newly diagnosed pregnant women living with HIV in Kenya: a longitudinal observational study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014 Dec 3;14:400. doi: 10.1186/s12884-014-0400-4.
Keywords: Depression, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Pregnancy, Social Stigma