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HIV Infection in State Hospitals: Case Reports and Long-Term Management Strategies

Cournos, Francine; Empfield, Maureen; Horwath, Ewald; Schrage, Howell

Issues facing state psychiatric hospitals as a result of the epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are illustrated by five cases. These issues include use of universal precautions to prevent transmission of HIV, medical diagnosis and management of HIV-infected patients, management of threatening behavior by infected patients, management of patients’ sexual behavior, and discharge planning. The authors suggest that institutions will be required to ensure that sexual behavior between patients does not occur or to offer patients condoms or other means to protect themselves from infection. They recommend upgrading the medical capabilities of state hospitals so that they can competently provide long-term combined medical and psychiatric care to HIV-infected patients.

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Hospital and Community Psychiatry

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Psychiatry
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September 28, 2017
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