Psychiatric patients and AIDS: the forensic clinician perspective

J Forensic Sci. 1990 May;35(3):644-52.


A survey was completed by American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Psychiatry and Behavioral Science members regarding their opinions on acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, (AIDS)-related issues. A considerable range of opinions was found, probably reflecting such differences in society. There was general agreement that psychiatric hospitals should not be allowed to refuse AIDS patients and that education about AIDS is useful for psychiatric patients. There was also support for notifying the public health department, known sexual contacts, and hospital staff about human-immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-seropositive patients.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Confidentiality
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Health Policy
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Mass Screening
  • Mental Disorders / complications*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States