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February 1991

Multidisciplinary Baseline Assessment of Homosexual Men With and Without Human Immunodeficiency Virus InfectionI. Overview of Study Design

Author Affiliations

From the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute (Drs Gorman, Kertzner, Goetz, Williams, Rabkin, Meyer-Bahlburg, Mayeux, Stern, Lange, Dobkin, Spitzer, and Ehrhardt, and Mr Todak), and the Departments of Psychiatry (Drs Gorman, Kertzner, Goetz, Williams, Rabkin, Meyer-Bahlburg, Spitzer, and Ehrhardt, and Mr Todak), Neurology (Drs Mayeux and Stern), and Medicine (Drs Lange and Dobkin), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1991;48(2):120-123. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1991.01810260028004

• Although much is known about the virus believed by most experts to be the cause of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and about its pathogenic actions, major areas of ignorance remain. Among these are the reasons for the varying time between infection with human immunodeficiency virus and development of acquired imunodeficiency syndrome, the relationship between neurologic and medical aspects of the disease, the time course of neuropsychological findings, and the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity. We assessed 124 homosexual men who were positive for human immunodeficiency virus and 84 who were negative for the virus. In this article we describe the study design, method of recruitment, and medical and demographic characteristics of the cohort, which will be followed up for 5 years.