Year: 2002 Source: AIDS Care, v.14, no.3, (June 2002), p.431-433 SIEC No: 20020880

This study aims to explore the mental health of pregnant HIV-infected women. Study participants were either pregnant women who were diagnosed with HIV during the course of their pregnancy or women who knew their HIV-positive status prior to becoming pregnant. The majority of women (85%) showed major depressive episodes & had significant suicidal thoughts. About 60% of the women whose HIV was diagnosed during their pregnancy showed signs of somatic illness. Those who knew their status before pregnancy did not show severe depressive episodes, but showed anxiety about the HIV status of their babies. (6 refs)