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November 8, 1985

Many groups offer AIDS information, support

JAMA. 1985;254(18):2522-2527. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360180016003

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Homosexual and bisexual men, who account for approximately 75% of reported AIDS cases in this country, were the first—and remain among the most active—organizers of resource centers for information, counseling, and support for persons who are in high-risk groups for AIDS. Such centers deal not only with persons at risk but with those who may have been diagnosed with AIDS or AIDS-related complex, or who are suffering severe psychological stress from what has been called "fear of AIDS." These service organizations are ready and willing to help anyone who wants or needs to learn more concerning what is known about AIDS.

Several of the local organizations, such as the Howard Brown Memorial Clinic in Chicago (hot line number 1-800-AID-AIDS), offer medical services for patients with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well. All of the AIDS resource groups can supply the names of physicians knowledgeable in this area of medical