chapter  18
Defining the AIDS Survivor Syndrome and testing for symptoms in an exploratory study of gay German men
ByMichael T. Wright
Pages 9

Introduction Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic the group most directly affected by the disease in Germany has been gay men. Infection rates among this group well exceed those of the general population (Dannecker, 1990; Bochow, 1994; Marcus, Chapter 3) with the result that AIDS has become part of the everyday reality for many members of this community. Even for men who have not tested seropositive, the disease asserts its presence in the lives of friends and acquaintances and as a potential threat when having sex with other men.