Three alcohol-dependent homosexual men with suicidal ideation and
behavior consciously attempted to contract the acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (AIDS) as a means of committing suicide. The authors briefly
examine the interrelationship among alcoholism and substance abuse,
homosexuality, suicidal behavior, and AIDS; implications for the substance
abuse treatment setting are noted. Early diagnosis and treatment of
depression and substance abuse in homosexual men or parenteral drug abusers
may prevent the spread of AIDS and reduce hidden suicidal potential.