A review of the literature on HIV infection and schizophrenia: implications for research, policy and clinical practice

Gray, Richard and Hughes (writing as Brewin), Elizabeth and Noak, James and Wyke-Joseph, Janelle and Sonik, Babita (2002) A review of the literature on HIV infection and schizophrenia: implications for research, policy and clinical practice. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 9 (4). pp. 405-409. ISSN 1365-2850

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Abstract

AIDS represents one of the major public health problems of the 21st century. Men having sex with men, injecting drug use and having multiple sexual partners are well-established risk behaviours for transmitting the HIV virus. People with schizophrenia are more likely to engage in these behaviours than the general population and as a result there is an increased prevalence of HIV infection in this group. However, many contemporary mental health policy reports fail to discuss the risk of HIV/AIDS in people with schizophrenia, and there are few specific references to sexual health promotion in these documents. People with schizophrenia should be considered an at-risk population for HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Psychiatric research, policy and clinical practice need to develop rapidly to address this important aspect of a major public health problem.

Additional Information:AIDS represents one of the major public health problems of the 21st century. Men having sex with men, injecting drug use and having multiple sexual partners are well-established risk behaviours for transmitting the HIV virus. People with schizophrenia are more likely to engage in these behaviours than the general population and as a result there is an increased prevalence of HIV infection in this group. However, many contemporary mental health policy reports fail to discuss the risk of HIV/AIDS in people with schizophrenia, and there are few specific references to sexual health promotion in these documents. People with schizophrenia should be considered an at-risk population for HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Psychiatric research, policy and clinical practice need to develop rapidly to address this important aspect of a major public health problem.
Keywords:HIV, Schizophrenia, AIDS, Policy, Practice, Sexual health
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:416
Deposited On:06 Dec 2006

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