HAROLD W. JAFFE, M.D.; ANN M. HARDY, Dr.P.H.; W. MEADE MORGAN, Ph.D.; WILLIAM W. DARROW, Ph.D.
The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a major health problem for gay men in the United States. About three fourths of all reported cases have occurred in this population, and the number is projected to double in the next year. In Manhattan and San Francisco, AIDS is now the leading cause of premature mortality in men aged 25 to 44 years who have never married. In a sample of a cohort of gay men enrolled in a San Francisco clinic, 2.7% of the men had the syndrome and 26% had related conditions in 1984. Antibody to human T-lymphotropic virus, type lll/lymphadenopathy-associated virus was found in sera from 67% of the men, including 58% of asymptomatic men. Behavioral factors associated with an increased risk of AIDS include large numbers of sexual partners, receptive anal intercourse, and "fisting." The adoption of safer lifestyles is currently the basis of attempts to control the syndrome in gay men.
JAFFE HW, HARDY AM, MORGAN WM, et al. The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in Gay Men. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:662–664. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-103-5-662
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(5):662-664.
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