Community-level HIV prevention for persons with severe mental illness living in supportive housing programs: a pilot intervention study.

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Individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are at risk for HIV/AIDS. Despite the availability of supportive community programs for those with SMI, there have been no published evaluations of community-level HIV prevention trials among this population. A pilot intervention trial was conducted to determine the feasibility of such an intervention in supportive housing programs (SHPs). A multi-component community-level trial was implemented in two SHPs with a total of 28 residents. Participants completed assessments at three time points: prior to the intervention (baseline), following skills training (post-assessment), and following the 4-month community intervention (follow- up). Results demonstrated significant improvements in psychosocial risk factors at both post- and follow-up assessments, with indications of sexual behavior change at follow-up. The community-level intervention appeared to reduce the risk of HIV among persons with SMI living in SHPs, and supports the importance of conducting larger scale intervention trials.

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Cited Authors

  • Sikkema, KJ; Meade, CS; Doughty Berry, JD; Zimmerman, SO; Kloos, B; Snow, DL

Cited Editors

  • Eisenberg, MM; Blank, MB

Published Date

  • 2007

Volume / Issue

  • 33 /

Book Title

  • HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 135

Published By

PubMed ID

  • 17298935

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J005v33n01_10