Irene Mukui, MBChB
Nominated From: University of Washington
Research Site: Kenya
Research Area: HIV Epidemiology and Operational Research
Primary Mentor: Carey Farquhar
Common Mental Health Illnesses and Substance Abuse among HIV Infected Adolescents attending Kenyatta National Hospital
I will be conducting a study to determine the burden of common mental illnesses and substance abuse among HIV infected adolescents and young people seeking care at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Specifically i will be seeking to determine the magnitude of common illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders and substance abuse
Mental health disorders are associate with greater morbidity and health risk behaviors among persons living with HIV including unsafe sex, substance abuse and non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Adolescence and youth present unique challenges associated with development and graduation into adulthood. This when coupled with HIV infection and a multitude of familial, economic, and social or environmental factors may increase the risk for mental health problems.My study seeks to address the current knowledge gaps on the magnitude of mental health among adolescents and youth with HIV and associated factors and will provide much needed data for planning and intervention.
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