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RCT of an intersectional stigma intervention to sustain viral suppression among women living with serious mental illness and HIV in Botswana

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Funding Fogarty Program

Stigma HIV/AIDS

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

RCT of an intersectional stigma intervention to sustain viral suppression among women living with serious mental illness and HIV in Botswana

Principal Institution

New York University

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Yang, Lawrence H

Project Contact Information

Email: lawrence.yang@nyu.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2022–2025

Country

Botswana

Project Description

The study goal is to promote viral load suppression among women with serious mental illness (SMI) and HIV in Botswana. These women are especially vulnerable in terms of not regularly taking psychiatric medication and increase in symptoms. These are made worse by stigma and threaten the women’s ability to stick to antiretroviral therapy (ART). We aim to test an intervention to reduce stigma in the high-risk transition period after discharge from an initial psychiatric hospitalization. Enabling women with SMI and HIV to resist stigma has the potential to improve their HIV outcomes and empower these women to elicit broader, structural-level change.


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