In 1987, the late Randy Shilts, chronicler (and ultimately victim) of the epidemic wrote, "By the time America paid attention to the disease, it was too late to do anything about it. The virus was already pandemic in the nation, having spread to every corner of the North American continent. The tide of death that would later sweep America could, perhaps, be slowed, but it could not be stopped" (1). Initial societal denial seemed vested in regarding AIDS as a disease of gay men. Current denial within the mental health professions is more subtle, tied to an acknowledgment of risks but denial of exposure of clients to these risk factors. For example, mental health workers do not routinely inquire about their clients' sexual habits, believing that seriously mentally ill persons are too confused and disorganized to be interested or competent enough to find partners or concerned about the impact of trying to inquire regarding sexual practices. There is a familiar ring to this concern—usually expressed about sexual education for children or adolescents—that it will encourage practices currently unconsidered. Mental health professionals and workers must become knowledgeable about HIV and skilled at imparting risk-reduction information. AIDS and People With Severe Mental Illness brings this information in a well-written handbook.