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Mental health disorders and publicly funded service use by HIV positive individuals: a population-based cross-sectional study in Ontario, Canada

Durbin A, Brown HK, Antoniou T, Sirotich F, Bansal S, Heifetz M, Roesslein K, Lunksy Y. AIDS Behav. 2017; 21(12):3457-63. Epub 2017 Nov 2.

We compared use of community and hospital-based mental health and addiction (MH&A) services by adults with and without HIV. This population-based study examined the probability and intensity of MH&A service use by individuals with (n = 5095) and without HIV (n = 2,753,091) in Ontario, Canada between 2013 and 2014. Adults with HIV were more likely than HIV-negative adults to use MH&A primary and psychiatric care, and to have MH&A emergency department visits and hospital admissions; they also used more of each service. Use of MH&A hospital services was particularly high for persons in the HIV group compared to the no HIV group.