Understanding HIV-related risk among persons with a severe and persistent mental illness: insights from qualitative inquiry.

@article{Gordon1999UnderstandingHR,
  title={Understanding HIV-related risk among persons with a severe and persistent mental illness: insights from qualitative inquiry.},
  author={Christopher M. Gordon and Michael P Carey and Kate B Carey and Stephen A. Maisto and Lance S. Weinhardt},
  journal={The Journal of nervous and mental disease},
  year={1999},
  volume={187 4},
  pages={208-16}
}
We conducted focus groups with 36 men and women who were receiving treatment for a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) to learn more about the social context of their intimate relationships and the psychological antecedents of their sexual decision-making. Qualitative analysis of focus group transcripts indicated that a) sexual activity tended to be unplanned and occurred in social networks where HIV risk may be elevated, b) HIV-related knowledge was superficial and insufficient to… CONTINUE READING

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