Bipolar disorder is associated with HIV transmission risk behavior among patients in treatment for HIV.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examined HIV transmission risk behavior among 63 patients with bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder, and no mood disorder; half had substance use disorders (SUDs). Patients with BD were more likely than others to report unprotected intercourse with HIV-negative partners and <95 % adherence to antiretroviral medications. In multivariate models, BD and SUD were independent predictors of both risk behaviors. Participants with poorer medication adherence were more likely to have detectable HIV viral loads and unprotected intercourse with HIV-negative partners. Patients with BD deserve careful evaluation and HIV prevention services to reduce HIV transmission risk behaviors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meade, CS; Bevilacqua, LA; Key, MD

Published Date

  • November 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2267 - 2271

PubMed ID

  • 22614744

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3629841

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-012-0203-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States