December 8, 2014

Mentally ill more likely to test positive for HIV

People with a mental illness are more likely to test positive for HIV than the general population is, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control.

According to the study of over 20,000 people, those with mental illness have HIV at a rate that is four times higher than that of the general population. 

The positive news was that this at-risk population also received HIV testing at a higher rate.

“Our finding that persons with mental illness were tested for HIV at a higher rate than those without mental illness is encouraging and consistent with previous analyses,” said Baligh R. Yehia, lead author of the study. “However, the large number of people with mental illness who still have not been tested necessitates increased public health prevention efforts, particularly in light of the increased HIV risk in this population.”


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