HIV Among People with Chronic Mental Illness

HIV Among People with Chronic Mental Illness Rates of HIV infection, STDs, and sexual and drug-use risk behaviors are high among people with severe mental illness. Clinicians often are in the best position to connect psychiatric patients to the particular HIV-related services they need. These may include prevention interventions, risk assessment, antibody test counseling, and medical care. This review article describes the AIDS epidemic and its underpinnings in this population in an effort to help clinicians to recognize when their patients are at risk for acquiring or transmitting the virus and to intervene appropriately and effectively with an array of relevant services. The importance of training to enhance clinicians' skills and comfort in delivering these services is emphasized. The lives and well-being of psychiatric patients are threatened by the AIDS epidemic, and there is much clinicians can do to minimize the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on clients in hospitals, clinics, and other psychiatric treatment settings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

HIV Among People with Chronic Mental Illness

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1012888500896
Publisher site
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Abstract

Rates of HIV infection, STDs, and sexual and drug-use risk behaviors are high among people with severe mental illness. Clinicians often are in the best position to connect psychiatric patients to the particular HIV-related services they need. These may include prevention interventions, risk assessment, antibody test counseling, and medical care. This review article describes the AIDS epidemic and its underpinnings in this population in an effort to help clinicians to recognize when their patients are at risk for acquiring or transmitting the virus and to intervene appropriately and effectively with an array of relevant services. The importance of training to enhance clinicians' skills and comfort in delivering these services is emphasized. The lives and well-being of psychiatric patients are threatened by the AIDS epidemic, and there is much clinicians can do to minimize the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on clients in hospitals, clinics, and other psychiatric treatment settings.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 13, 2004

References

  • HIV seroprevalence among people with severe mental illness in the United States: A critical review
    Cournos, F; McKinnon, K
  • HIV risk factors in dually diagnosed patients
    Krakow, DS; Galanter, M; Dermatis, H
  • Prevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C in people with severe mental illness
    Rosenberg, SD; Goodman, LA; Osher, FC
  • Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection among persons with severe mental illnesses
    Carey, MP; Carey, KB; Kalichman, SC

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