What is it about?

The aim of the review was to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural interventions to promote sexual safety behaviour in people diagnosed with SMI.

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Why is it important?

People diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) are at greater risk of HIV than the general population. However, little attention has been given to how best to reduce sexual risk taking in this group.


There is emerging evidence to suggest that a behavioural intervention has the potential to reduce sexual risks in people diagnosed with SMI. However, further high-quality research is needed in this area.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Promoting HIV and sexual safety behaviour in people with severe mental illness: A systematic review of behavioural interventions, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, March 2014, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12065.
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