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Psychol Rep. 2005 Jun;96(3 Pt 1):693-7.

Gay obituaries closely track officially reported deaths from AIDS.

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Family Research Institute, P.O. Box 62640, Colorado Springs, CO 80962, USA.

Abstract

The age distribution of AIDS deaths of males who have sex with males [MSM] was estimated from obituaries in the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper. Statistics from the 2003 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Supplemental Report are highly congruent with deaths of MSM due to AIDS from these obituaries. Death due to AIDS in old age was most frequent for heterosexuals and least frequent for MSM who were drug abusers. Obituaries in the Washington Blade are thus consistent with and may be representative of deaths due to AIDS among MSM. The latest CDC report tends to strengthen the overall finding based upon obituaries: that the lifespan of MSM is shortened two to three decades by AIDS and, possibly, other causes.

PMID:
16050624
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.96.3.693-697
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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