The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and suicidal behavior in alcohol-dependent homosexual men.

  title={The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and suicidal behavior in alcohol-dependent homosexual men.},
  author={Daniel K. Flavin and J E Franklin and Richard Frances},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={143 11},
Three alcohol-dependent homosexual men with suicidal ideation and behavior consciously attempted to contract the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a means of committing suicide. The authors briefly examine the interrelationship among alcoholism and substance abuse, homosexuality, suicidal behavior, and AIDS; implications for the substance abuse treatment setting are noted. Early diagnosis and treatment of depression and substance abuse in homosexual men or parenteral drug abusers… 

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Contracting AIDS as a means of committing suicide.