P1: GDP Psychiatric Quarterly [psaq] ph071-psaq-346681 November 7, 2001 8:23 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999 ° C Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 1, Spring 2002 ( 2002) Special Section Psychiatric Dimensions of HIV and AIDS in the 21st Century INTRODUCTION Michael Blumenﬁeld, M.D. Those of us who were C/L Psychiatrists when AIDS was recognized as a new disease entity in the early 1980s, were aware that there were signiﬁcant psychiatric issues intertwined with this condition. Not only did it involve the central nervous system but also it was seen as a uniformly fatal disease. All the psychiatric concerns that were seen with other terminal illness’ such as cancer would apply to AIDS plus some new ones. The risk factors for the disease were identiﬁed as coming from intra- venous drug use and from male homosexual activity. There was stigma and prejudice towards people who engaged in these activities which had powerful psychological impact on all those involved. Mental health professionals began to work with patients as well as their families and friends. Young people were struggling with their sexual identity and “coming out” to their families at the same time they had to tell them that they had
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