HIV infection among young adults with psychotic disorders

Ezra Susser, Paul Colson, Lina Jandorf, Alan Berkman, Janet Lavelle, Shmuel Fennig, Christina Waniek, Evelyn Bromet

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Objective: The authors examined HI V infection among young adults with newly diagnosed psychotic disorders. Method: The study was based on a research cohort of 320 first-admission patients aged 20-39 years in a semirural-suburban county. Research assessments and medical records were systematically reviewed for information about HIV status. Results: Despite the fact that few patients were tested for HIV, 12 (3.8%) of the 320 patients had a known HIV infection. In all 12 cases, the HIV infection was contracted before the onset of psychosis. AIDS was the leading cause of mortality in the 320 patients. Conclusions: The HIV epidemic may be having an important effect on the etiology and the course of psychotic disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-866
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997


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