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Maharajh, H. Sarkar-Crooks, P. (1991). Aids, Anger and Revenge. Brit. J. Psychother., 8(1):36-38.

(1991). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 8(1):36-38

Aids, Anger and Revenge

Hari Maharajh and Patricia Sarkar-Crooks

The disclosure of a positive Human Immunodeficiency Viral (HIV) test to infected patients has prompted a cry for revenge directed towards themselves and society. AIDS revenge is a behavioural manifestation of a grief reaction variably influenced by the individual's perception of his illness and society's response to it. Many perceive an infection with the AIDS virus as a shameful death sentence, exposure of homosexual involvement and humiliation to the victim and his family. We wish to present three short cases. There appears to be a need for structured psychological treatment methods. The consultation-liaison psychiatrist or psychologist must be involved in treatment since they can identify serious problems before they present as medical emergencies.

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