By J. Moatti
Significant adjustments within the nature and dynamics of the AIDS epidemic during the last few years are mirrored in altering epidemiological traits in addition to within the growth made in biomedical examine and therapy. AIDS in Europe brings jointly papers from prime social technological know-how researchers to examine the possibilities and demanding situations those alterations deliver and the several ways that they're being spoke back to in either western and jap Europe. Papers are organised less than 3 headings: *new demanding situations for HIV prevention *care of individuals residing with HIV/AIDS in a brand new healing context *AIDS public rules: from specialisation to normalisation AIDS in Europe offers a complete evaluation of present social and behavioural examine on HIV and AIDS for all overall healthiness pros.
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Naomi Bond, mother of Grace, aged 6) Underpinning this imperative to conceal the diagnosis was a strong sense of their own shame about being infected, guilt at infecting their child and a fear that others would blame them if they knew. This sense of shame was felt most acutely—though not exclusively—in relation to the parents’ own family members. Concealing the diagnosis and keeping it secret enabled parents to escape the censure of their extended family and to be accepted as ‘normal’ and ‘respectable’.
Infection. Open-ended, loosely structured interviews were carried out with the parents or guardians of twenty-two HIV-infected children who were patients at the clinic (73 per cent of those eligible for inclusion in the study). Topics discussed included day-to-day coping; relationships within the family and household; relationships with schools, friends and community; managing symptoms and promoting health; medicines and treatments; and concerns for the future. Where the mother or grandmother was looking after the child, interviews were generally carried out with her.
Also of concern was sexuality, experiences of ‘therapy’ and information management in relation to seropositivity as a quality of the self that needs to be kept ‘secret’. These experiences and responses were analysed in relation to time since learning of an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, health status (symptomatic or asymptomatic), socio-demographic characteristics (age, family, educational level, profession) and possible cause of infection. Fieldwork Data were collected between February and July 1995 by means of semistructured interviews.