Year: 1994 Source: Journal of Palliative Care, v.10, no.2, (Summer 1994), p.82-85 SIEC No: 19940690

The attitudes toward euthanasia of 18 persons with AIDS & 17 individuals involved with euthanasia or the assisted suicide of a person with AIDS were examined. 83% of the people with AIDS reported considering suicide. The difficulty of killing someone quickly & painlessly is illustrated in 3 case examples. The author concludes that patients who may choose assisted suicide primarily wish to exert control over their dying. (17 refs.)