Mental health, intimate partner violence and HIV
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.