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Psychosocial Dimensions of HIV Infection in Pregnancy

JONES, THEODORE B. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - pp 456-466
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816feafc
Societal Factors in Pregnancy: Why Worry?

As more experience has accrued regarding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in women and HIV infection in pregnancy, there has remained a gap in our understanding of the psychosocial effects of HIV infection upon the pregnant women. There is limited information regarding psychologic and sociologic effects of HIV infection upon pregnancy and vice versa; there is sufficient indication of a relationship between stressors related to each of these and the potential for a deleterious affect upon the pregnancy. These stresses often include the determination whether to disclose or not disclose their serostatus.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Wayne State University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Reprints: Theodore B. Jones, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Wayne State University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, 3990 John R. Street, Box 163, Detroit, MI. E-mail: thjones@med.wayne.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.