Relationship of stigma to HIV risk among women with mental illness.

  title={Relationship of stigma to HIV risk among women with mental illness.},
  author={Pamela Y Collins and Katherine S. Elkington and Hella von Unger and Annika Sweetland and Eric Wright and Patricia A. Zybert},
  journal={The American journal of orthopsychiatry},
  volume={78 4},
Urban women with severe mental illness (SMI) are vulnerable to stigma and discrimination related to mental illness and other stigmatized labels. Stigma experiences may increase their risk for negative health outcomes, such as HIV infection. This study tests the relationship between perceived stigma and HIV risk behaviors among women with SMI. The authors interviewed 92 women attending community mental health programs using the Stigma of Psychiatric Illness and Sexuality Among Women… CONTINUE READING
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