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Mental health and HIV risk in men who have sex with men

Safren, SA and Reisner, SL and Herrick, A and Mimiaga, MJ and Stall, RD (2010) Mental health and HIV risk in men who have sex with men. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 55 (SUPPL.). ISSN 1525-4135

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Evidence-based HIV prevention interventions with men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States have moderate effect sizes in reducing HIV sexual risk behavior. Mental health and psychosocial problems, which both disproportionately affect MSM populations and are implicated in HIV transmission risk behaviors, also likely interfere with the uptake of HIV behavioral interventions. Moreover, given that mental health and psychosocial problems such as depression, substance use, and violence frequently co-occur for many MSM (eg, as syndemic conditions), what is probably needed are combination prevention efforts, or prevention "cocktails," similar to treatment "cocktails," that address the psychological and behavioral mechanisms that interact to produce elevated risk for HIV. Such interventions should incorporate a holistic framework to address the sexual health and overall well being of MSM. Addressing co-occurring psychosocial risk factors is apt to improve effect sizes of current HIV prevention interventions and allow for more effective uptake by MSM. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Safren, SA
Reisner, SL
Herrick, Aalh75@pitt.eduALH75
Mimiaga, MJ
Stall, RDrstall@pitt.eduRSTALL
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 15 December 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Volume: 55
Number: SUPPL.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1097/qai.0b013e3181fbc939
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1525-4135
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: HIV Infections--prevention & control; HIV Infections--psychology; Homosexuality, Male--psychology; Humans; Male; Mental Disorders--complications; Mental Disorders--therapy; Risk Factors
Other ID: NLM NIHMS252991, NLM PMC3074520
PubMed Central ID: PMC3074520
PubMed ID: 21406991
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 19:25
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2022 01:55


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