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HIV More Prevalent Among People With Mental Problems

February 14, 2014

This article was reported by PsychCentral.

PsychCentral reported on a study in which researchers found that individuals receiving mental health care were more likely to be HIV-positive than those without mental health problems. From January 2009 to August 2011, the researchers conducted HIV tests on 621 men and 436 women with mental health problems, including depression, psychosis, and substance abuse, receiving treatment at university-based inpatient psychiatry units, intensive case-management programs, and community mental health centers.

Results showed that 4.8 percent of patients (51 individuals) being treated for mental health problems tested positive for HIV. This was approximately four times the base rate in each city and 16 times the rate for the United States. Of the 51 individuals with HIV, 13 said they did not know they were infected. Also, findings indicated that persons with more severe mental health symptoms are at higher risk of HIV infection.

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Comment by: Christopher (Manchester UK ) Thu., Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm EST
CDC spent 2 years wasting money on something that's widely known already. What could they have funded in that time in terms of cure research
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