Psychological distress and engagement in HIV-related services among individuals seeking mental health care

  • Basta T
  • Shacham E
  • Reece M
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In the US, HIV-related mental health care has been funded for its ability to help engage and retain individuals living with HIV into other components of HIV-related care and treatment. However, little is known empirically about the types of HIV prevention and care with which they are, or need to be, connected. To explore this, data were collected from 617 individuals upon their self-enrollment in HIV-related mental health care in a large US city with high rates of HIV infection. Nearly a third of the participants (n=195) were "minimally engaged" in care services, 53% were "moderately engaged" and 15.6% were "highly engaged". There were significant differences between level of care engagement according to one's ethnicity, X(2)(4, n=617)=38.05; p

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  • Care engagement
  • HIV
  • Mental health
  • Psychological distress

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  • Tania Basta

  • Enbal Shacham

  • Michael Reece

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