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AIDS Policy Law. 2000 Jan 21;15(1):5.

Mental health advocates complain about NIMH priority for AIDS. National Institute of Mental Health.

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The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is challenging the funding policies of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), claiming that NIMH spends a disproportionate amount on AIDS research. A review of 2,277 abstracts of NIMH-funded projects in 1997 showed that the agency spent 14.2 percent of its budget studying behavioral aspects of HIV and 13.5 percent on schizophrenia. NIMH responded that HIV was a serious and significant health threat among mentally ill persons, including the homeless. The quarrel was fueled by a 1999 New England Journal of Medicine article suggesting that AIDS receives a disproportionate share of spending compared to other diseases, such as breast cancer and emphysema.

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