The overlapping shadows of depression and HIV/AIDS on South Africa's young women

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Teagle
KEYWORDS: DEPRESSION, HIV/AIDS, WOMEN, YOUTH
DEPARTMENT: Office of the CEO (ERM), Office of the CEO (OCEO), Office of the CEO (IL), Office of the CEO (BS), Office of the CEO (IA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11310
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15263

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Abstract

Adolescent girls and pregnant HIV-positive women in rural South Africa are particularly vulnerable to depression. Recent research suggests that depression is a risk factor for HIV infection among young girls and increases the risk for mother-to-child transmission among HIV-positive pregnant women. Providing mental-health services to these groups is a public health and social-justice imperative and a critical step in reducing HIV infections.