AIDS in Europe: New Challenges for the Social Sciences by J. Moatti

By J. Moatti

Significant alterations within the nature and dynamics of the AIDS epidemic during the last few years are mirrored in altering epidemiological tendencies in addition to within the growth made in biomedical study and therapy. AIDS in Europe brings jointly papers from top social technology researchers to examine the possibilities and demanding situations those alterations convey and the several ways that they're being spoke back to in either western and japanese Europe. Papers are organised lower than 3 headings: *new demanding situations for HIV prevention *care of individuals residing with HIV/AIDS in a brand new healing context *AIDS public regulations: from specialisation to normalisation AIDS in Europe offers a finished review of present social and behavioural examine on HIV and AIDS for all healthiness pros.

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The endogenous psychological component includes such things as thoughts and feelings, attitudes and expectations, as well as personality traits and possibly their behavioural correlates. The ‘exogenous’ dimension refers mostly to behaviours that may have an effect on disease progression. Obvious examples of these would be such things as whether to take prophylactic or antiretroviral Psychological and behavioural factors 37 treatment, or avoidance of sexually transmitted disease. Psychological and behavioural factors as concepts are easy to grasp, but much harder to define and measure in a reliable and valid way.

Given the unknown dimensions of the overall HIV-positive population in Greece, it is unclear if the sample differed in any significant way from this wider group. Another difficulty derived from the fact that respondents frequently requested counselling and psychological support during the interview, since for some of them this was their first opportunity to talk about their HIV/AIDS status and their life as a whole. The interview procedure encouraged self-reflection and having to confront new thoughts.

All made positive efforts to try to promote their children’s health, drawing on one or more of three main strategies. Adjusting prescribed drugs The first strategy entailed experimenting with the way they gave their children the antibacterial and antiretroviral drugs prescribed by the hospital paediatricians, to find the regimen best suited to them. Parents saw drugs such as AZT and the antibiotic Septrin as very powerful and pointed out that this meant that they could do their children considerable harm as well as good.

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