This paper describes an HIV risk assessment screening for deaf clients with severe mental ilnes at a large psychosocial rehabilitation agency in Chicago, IL. The agency has developed education, prevention, and ongoing support services to respond to the needs of this at-risk population. The results of an HIV risk assessment screening of 39 clients with this dual diagnosis are presented, detailing the numbers and characteristics of clients who report engaging in high risk sexual and drug use behaviors. Reported rates of sexual activity, number of partners, sexually transmitted disease history, intravenous and recreational drug use behaviors, and alcohol use are reported along with knowledge levels about HIV and modes of transmission. Also discussed are issues and concerns relevant to people with mental illness who are deaf, including a summary of an agency HIV education group conducted in sign language.
Razzano, L., Cook, J., & Keany, K. (2019). HIV Services for Mental Health Consumers with Hearing Impairment: Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies. JADARA, 28(1). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol28/iss1/9