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Laura Dean

In: AIDS, Identity, and Community: The HIV Epidemic and Lesbians and Gay Men

Chapter 8: Psychosocial Stressors in a Panel of New York City Gay Men during the AIDS Epidemic, 1985 to 1991

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Psychosocial Stressors in a Panel of New York City Gay Men during the AIDS Epidemic, 1985 to 1991
Psychosocial stressors in a panel of New York city gay men during the aids epidemic, 1985 to 1991
LauraDean

The AIDS epidemic is a protracted disaster in the gay community. In 1981, this disease came into public awareness with reports of two rare and fatal illnesses (Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi's sarcoma). These illnesses converged in clusters of previously healthy, homosexually active men who then lived and took part in gay communal life in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City (Friedman-Kien et al., 1982).

During the early years of the epidemic, medical doctors and mental health practitioners reported that many of their homosexual patients were expressing feelings of ...

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