“I will leave the baby with my mother”: Long-distance travel and follow-up care among HIV-positive pregnant and postpartum women in South Africa

By Kate Clouse  Matthew Fox  Constance Mongwenyana  Molebogeng Motlhatlhedi, Sizakele Buthelezi, Dorah Bokaba, Shane A Norris, Jean Bassett, Mark N Lurie, David M Aronoff and Sten H Vermund  |  | 

It is common in urban African settings for postpartum women to temporarily return to family in distant settings. We sought to explore mobility among peripartum HIV-positive women to understand the timing and motivation of travel, particularly vis-a-vis delivery, and how it may affect healthcare access. We identified frequent travel in the peripartum period with substantial differences in travel patterns by site.

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Journal of the International AIDS Society