Twenty-five gay men, 20 with Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) and 5 with either AIDS Related Complex (ARC)
or who tested positive for the AIDS virus, were asked in
semi-structured interviews whether they felt supported or
isolated. Areas covered included society in general,
employment, housing, health care, insurance, religion,
families of origin, ex-wives, children, friends and lovers.
Subjects indicated that fear of AIDS, homophobia, and death
anxiety were all present in certain circumstances, but there
was no attempt to differentiate between these three possible
causes of social isolation in this exploratory study.