Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders

Focus of this guide

People with mental illness and/or SUD are disproportionally affected by HIV. They may participate in behaviours that increase risk for contracting and transmitting HIV, such as sharing injection drug equipment or engaging in sexual behaviours that increase HIV risk. This guide addresses the co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness and/or SUD. It reviews effective programs and practices to prevent HIV and, for those with HIV, to increase linkage and retention in care in order to improve health outcomes.

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