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Hope and resilience in suicide ideation and behavior of gay and bisexual men following notification of HIV infection.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10070589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Upon being notified that they are positive for HIV, people often experience terror and confusion. At the beginning stages of coping with HIV diagnosis, suicide ideation and behavior may arise as the infected person begins to envision frightening images of a future life with AIDS. We examined the narratives of gay men who contemplated or attempted suicide soon after they had learned of their HIV infection. We found that suicidal ideation and attempt often provoked a process of coping with HIV disease, leading to a redefinition of the meaning of HIV, enhancing one's sense of control over life, and prompting a renewed effort at self-help and help seeking, a new commitment to life, and a reappraisal of personal goals. We recommend that clinicians and HIV counselors be cognizant of these positive symbolic functions of suicidality in coping with HIV infection. Allowing people who were recently diagnosed with HIV to discuss suicidality may allow them to move toward acceptance and commitment to life.
K Siegel; I H Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0899-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  AIDS Educ Prev     Publication Date:  1999 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-30     Completed Date:  1999-04-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9002873     Medline TA:  AIDS Educ Prev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-64     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Columbia University, School of Public Health, Division of Sociomedical Sciences, New York, NY 10032, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Death
Attitude to Health
Bisexuality / psychology*
HIV Infections / diagnosis*,  psychology*
Homosexuality, Male / psychology*
Internal-External Control
New York City
Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
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