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

R Gray, E Brewin, J Noak, J Wyke-Joseph, B Sonik

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405 - 409
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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