HIV risk factors were assessed among 120 persons in treatment for serious mental illness.
Although subjects had good general knowledge regarding HIV, many engaged in high risk behaviors.
Condom use was infrequent among those who had multiple sexual partners, and sharing needles was common for those who used IV drugs.
Clearly, factual knowledge about HIV was not sufficient to prevent risky behavior.
Nearly half of the sample was categorized as at medium to high risk, and almost half of the participants, especially those at medium risk, underestimated their own level of risk.
The results suggest that education and intervention strategies should focus on increasing the accuracy of the individual's risk assessment as well as changing attitudes towards condoms and improving skills in using condoms.
Assessing personal risk and adopting risk-reduction strategies are the keys to successful AIDS prevention for persons with serious mental illness.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Facteur risque, SIDA, Comportement sexuel, Prise risque, Prévention, Toxicomanie, Condom, Adulte, Virose, Infection, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Risk factor, AIDS, Sexual behavior, Risk taking, Prevention, Drug addiction, Condom, Adult, Viral disease, Infection, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0029457
Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 09/06/1995.