Disparities in mental health care among HIV-infected youth.

TitleDisparities in mental health care among HIV-infected youth.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWhiteley LB, Brown LK, Swenson R, Kapogiannis BG, Harper GW
JournalJ Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care
Volume13
Issue1
Pagination29-34
Date Published2014 Jan-Feb
ISSN2325-9574
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, African Americans, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Healthcare Disparities, Hispanic Americans, HIV Infections, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services, Psychotropic Drugs, United States
Abstract

<p><b>OBJECTIVE: </b>Untreated psychiatric illness is detrimental to the health and well-being of HIV-infected youth. This study examines the relationships between social and demographic variables and the rates of psychiatric treatment among HIV-infected youth.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>Analyses are from a cross-sectional survey of 1706 HIV-infected youth (13-26 years) in care at treatment sites or affiliates of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions from 2010 to 2011. Among the youth who reported recent significant mental health symptoms, comparisons on demographic variables (including race, ethnicity, language spoken, level of education, sexual orientation, and household income) were made.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Psychiatrically symptomatic black youth were significantly less likely than symptomatic nonblack peers to receive mental health care (37.4% versus 48.6%) and psychiatric medications (19.3% versus 26.9%).</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Care providers should be alerted to the potential disparities in mental health care treatment that exist for black youth living with HIV.</p>

DOI10.1177/2325957413488172
Alternate JournalJ Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care
PubMed ID23695228
PubMed Central IDPMC3883958
Grant ListP30AI042853 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
2UO1 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P30 AI042853 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States