Clouse K, Fox MP, Mongwenyana C, Motlhatlhedi M, Buthelezi S, Bokaba D, Norris SA, Bassett J, Lurie MN, Aronoff DM, Vermund SH. "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. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2018 Jul;21 Suppl 4(21 Suppl 4). e25121. PMID: 30027665 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC6053484
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-à-vis delivery, and how it may affect healthcare access.