AIDS knowledge and high risk behaviors in the chronic mentally ill.
Chronic mentally ill adults are a high risk group for AIDS.
In the present study, we used a questionnaire to assess AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and risk behaviors in 54 men and women who were clients at a « drop in » center for mentally ill adults.
Most of the subjects were suffering from schizophrenia and about one-third of them had co-existing drug problems.
Results showed widespread misunderstandings about AIDS transmission, high risk groups, and practices.
Many of the subjects had been treated for STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea and were engaging in behaviors that increased their vulnerability to AIDS.
These include casual sex, anal sex, sex with an IV drug user, or sex in exchange for money, drugs, or a place to sleep.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Facteur risque, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Maladie sexuellement transmissible, Comportement sexuel, Relation sexuelle, Sexualité, Risque élevé, Connaissance, Attitude, Prévention, Education sanitaire, Adulte, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Risk factor, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Sexually transmitted disease, Sexual behavior, Sexual intercourse, Sexuality, High risk, Knowledge, Attitude, Prevention, Health education, Adult, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0581673
Code Inist : 002B18H08. Création : 09/06/1995.