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Personality Disorders Predict Onset of Axis I Disorders and Impaired Functioning Among Homosexual Men With and at Risk of HIV Infection

Jeffrey G. Johnson, PhD; Janet B. W. Williams, DSW; Raymond R. Goetz, PhD; Judith G. Rabkin, PhD; Robert H. Remien, PhD; Joshua D. Lipsitz, PhD; Jack M. Gorman, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1996;53(4):350-357. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1996.01830040086013.
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Background:  A longitudinal study was conducted to investigate whether personality disorders (PDs) increase risk for the development of future Axis I disorders and serious functional impairment among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—seropositive and HIV-seronegative homosexual men.

Method:  Baseline assessments of PDs, Axis I disorders and symptoms, and Global Assessments of Functioning were conducted with a community sample of 107 (66 HIV-positive and 41 HIV-negative) homosexual men partici-pating in a longitudinal study with semiannual interviews over 3 years.

Results:  Logistic regression analysis indicated that PDs predicted onset of subsequent Axis I disorders after controlling for both HIV status and lifetime Axis I history (adjusted odds ratio, 4.31; P=.01; 95% confidence interval, 1.39 to 13.32). Of the 21 participants with PDs, 16 (76%) were subsequently diagnosed with Axis I disorders on at least one occasion. By contrast, only 36 (42%) of the 86 participants without PDs were subsequently diagnosed with Axis I disorders. Further, 33% of the participants with PDs, in comparison with only 8% of those without PDs, were assigned Global Assessments of Functioning scores of 50 or lower, indicating serious impairment during the postbaseline study period (adjusted odds ratio, 5.70; P<.005; 95% confidence interval, 1.66 to 19.53).

Conclusion:  Personality disorders may contribute to increased risk for onset of Axis I disorders and serious impairment among homosexual men regardless of HIV serologic status.


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