oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Fear of Aids with suicide attempts in a Nigerian: case report

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



A case of fear of having contacted Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and suicidal attempts in a Nigerian male adults presented. This occurred in the setting of a depressive illness in a previously sexually active individual with obsessive personality traits, following exposure to intense AIDS campaigns in the media. The symptoms remitted with counselling and on learning that his HIV serostatus was negative. The impacts of widespread AIDS campaigns on the mental state of the general public and at-risk individuals are discussed.

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