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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


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.



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.

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