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What’s In a HIV Diagnosis? Oh, Just a Little Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

How can things get worse for HIV-positive gays? By throwing in some compounding ailments: “A third of HIV-positive gay men have post-traumatic stress disorder, UK investigators report in AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Events including starting treatment, HIV-related illness, and witnessing an HIV-related death were all linked to the development of symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotional responses to such events – rather than actual physical threat – were associated with the development of symptoms of posttraumatic stress.”