Year: 1995 Source: Social Work, v.40, no.6, (November 1995), p.783-787 SIEC No: 19950684

Using data from Louisiana vital statistics records, the authors found an increased suicide risk for people with AIDS. Between 1987-1991, the suicide rate for people with AIDS (175 per 10,000) was 134.6 times that of the general population (1.3 per 10,000). The suicide rate of people with AIDS in the metropolitan New Orleans area (126 per 10,000) was half that of the state’s nonmetropolitan areas (249 per 10,000). The implications of these findings for social workers are discussed. (30 refs.)