Getting to Zero: Targeting Psychiatric Comorbidities as Drivers of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

  • Adam W. CarricoEmail author

Since the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, psychiatric comorbidities such as mental health and substance use disorders have been linked to greater risk for HIV seroconversion [1], onward HIV transmission [2], and clinical HIV progression [3, 4]. In recent years, groundbreaking advances in biomedical prevention have demonstrated that we have the tools to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Early initiation of anti-retroviral therapy by HIV-positive persons, commonly referred to as HIV treatment as prevention (TasP), optimizes health outcomes and dramatically reduces onward HIV transmission rates [5, 6]. Among HIV-negative persons, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) substantially decreases risk for HIV seroconversion [7]. Realizing the clinical and public health benefits of these advances will require expanded efforts to address prevalent psychiatric comorbidities that undermine the effectiveness of biomedical approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention. This issue of the International Journal of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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