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Health Care Women Int. 2013;34(3-4):281-302. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.755983.

Preventing HIV among U.S. women of color with severe mental illness: perceptions of mental health care providers working in urban community clinics.

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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA. magenor@mail.harvard.edu

Abstract

Given their knowledge of the behavioral issues related to psychiatric illness, mental health care providers are in a unique position to help prevent HIV among women with severe mental illness (SMI). We conducted in-depth interviews with providers at two New York City community clinics. We identified three major, interrelated themes pertaining to HIV prevention among women of color with SMI. Interventions that address the barriers that clinicians face in discussing sex, sexuality, and HIV with patients and train providers in the cultural considerations of cross-cultural mental health care are needed to help prevent HIV among women of color with SMI.

PMID:
23394326
PMCID:
PMC3625628
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2012.755983
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