Continuing Medical Education

Mental health, intimate partner violence and HIV

N Woollett, A M Hatcher

Abstract


Intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV are intersecting epidemics in South Africa (SA). Despite recognition that IPV and HIV are bidirectionally
linked, less attention has been given to mental health – a key health condition that is at the nexus of both violence and HIV/AIDS.
While SA healthcare professionals have made great strides in treating HIV, the corresponding conditions of IPV and mental health receive
far less clinical care. Treating mental health has the potential to positively effect HIV care and treatment, but is also a powerful gateway to
enhanced comprehensive health in patients. Improving skills in managing the mental health of patients will lead to better health for them
and quality of life for affected families. It can also assist health systems to deal more effectively with complex cases that so rarely achieve
positive health outcomes.


Authors' affiliations

N Woollett, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

A M Hatcher, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; and School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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Keywords

Mental health; Intimate partner violence; HIV

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(10):969-972. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i10.11410

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-08-16
Date published: 2016-09-10

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