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HIV Risk-Behavior in Poor Urban Women with Serious Mental Disorders: Association with Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse
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Associations between childhood sexual and physical abuse and HIV-related risky behavior among 99 [21- to 71-year-old] low-income, urban women with severe mental disorders were interviewed, and their case managers completed a questionnaire assessing risky behavior in which their clients participated. Early sexual abuse was found to be related to adult sexual and physical assault, alcohol and cocaine abuse, and prostitution, childhood physical abuse was related to adult physical assault and alcohol abuse. Findings highlight the importance of making HIV risk-reduction programs a part of integrated services that address a full range of psychosocial needs. (Authors)
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