Suicidality and HIV status

F. Patrick McKegney, Mary Alice O'Dowd

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Among psychiatric consultation patients, 322 AIDS patients were significantly less suicidal than 82 other HIV-positive patients and were comparable in suicidality to 1,086 patients with negative or unknown HIV status. AIDS patients had significantly more organic mental disorders. Organicity, denial, acceptance, and/or preoccupation with a fatal illness may reduce suicidality in AIDS patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-398
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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