Psychiatric admissions of 91 patients infected with HIV over a 5-year period, 1986-91, are reviewed. Suicidal thoughts or attempts were the most common reason for admission. The 2 most common diagnostic categories were organic mental syndrome & substance abuse/dependence. 45% of patients either initiated their discharge or drastically improved without the use of psychotropic medications. It is suggested that outpatient psychiatric facilities can provide care for HIV-patients seeking it.