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Programs for Persons with Mental Illness and HIV

Periyapatna, Nivitha (2023) Programs for Persons with Mental Illness and HIV. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system. Over time, it may lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), weakening the patient’s immune system and leaving them unable to fight infections. HIV leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic renal disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and other chronic diseases. HIV can also lead to an increased risk of developing a serious mental illness. Those already diagnosed with a serious mental illness are also at an increased risk for HIV infection due to an increase in risk-taking behaviors, social determinants of health and other co-occurring disorders, such as substance use. This paper aims to examine different HIV programs to examine the characteristics that contribute to their effectiveness. This study will examine how programs address HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment management, and advocacy for persons with mental illness and HIV.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Periyapatna, Nivithanup4@pitt.edunup4
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrank, Lindafrankie@pitt.edufrankieUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberElias, Thistleelias@pitt.edueliasUNSPECIFIED
Date: 16 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 51
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 18:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 18:35


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