Year: 1992 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.149, no.3, (March 1992), p.396-398 SIEC No: 19920055

This study found that among psychiatric consultation patients, 322 AIDS patients were significantly less suicidal than 83 other HIV-positive patients, & were comparable in suicidality to 1,086 patients with negative or unknown HIV status. AIDS patients had significantly more organic mental disorders. The authors assert that denial (due to organicity) or acceptance, &/or preoccupation with a fatal illness may reduce suicidality in AIDS patients. (VM)