Autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease whose incidence has grownprecipitously in recent years. Its victims face social and psychological isolation (I) .Contributing to this isolation is the fear of contact with AIDS patients that exists among health care workers and the public (2).
Increasingly more is being under stood about this mysterious disease. Recent reports have supported a viral etiology. The chief criterion for diagnosis is an inverted helper to suppressor T-cell ratio. Other supportive findings include lymphopenia,leukopenia, elevated IgA levels, and anergia. The following case report highlights the neurological and psychiatric symptoms that may be seen in a patient with AIDS.
Charneco, MD, Vivian
"Psychosis in a Patient with Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol2/iss2/4