Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Content Description

1 online resource (vi, 134 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Benjamin Shaw

Committee Members

Victoria Lazariu, Jildyz Urbaeva


anxiety, HIV, Kazakhstan, women, HIV-positive women, HIV-positive persons, HIV infections, Depression in women, Anxiety in women

Subject Categories

Higher Education | Public Health


Research shows that mental illness has an impact on the health and quality of life of women living with HIV. As a result, many countries have adopted integrated care models to provide holistic treatment to women living with HIV. However, some countries, where the HIV burden is particularly high, have been ineffective at addressing the mental health needs of these women, primarily because of a compartmentalized health care structure that limits interaction among sectors. By describing the prevalence of anxiety and comorbid anxiety-depression among women living with HIV in affected areas, there is an opportunity for effective policies to be developed to support the mental health needs of these women. Through improving access to mental health treatment for women living with HIV, there is the opportunity to improve access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment for the general population as well.