Caring: National Association for Home Care Magazine
As the management of HIV disease enters the realm of life-long treatment, rather than treatment for a terminal disease, nutrition becomes an important part of the treatment plan. Studies have shown a clear relationship between good nutritional status and the longevity of the AIDS patient.
HIV appeared in Ireland following an opiate epidemic in the early 1980s. Initially, however, the gay community mounted the only response to the spread of the virus while the implementation of early actions by the government was hampered by the constructions of the disease within Irish society. This paper considers the influence of the religious hierarchy in both the development of AIDS policy and in the shaping of public perceptions of the disease and those affected.
Since the late 1970s when the first cases of HIV/AIDS were identified in Africa, there has been an upsurge of research on the epidemic. Although religious involvement may be germane to AIDS protective and risk behavior, few of these studies deal with religion and AIDS. This article contributes to the discourse on religion and health in Africa by analysing the interrelationship between religion and AIDS behavior in Ghana, a West African country at the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, and one where religious activities are more pronounced.
Studies and recommendations by health agencies have emphasized the importance of education in HIV-AIDS prevention. Mexico has included topics on sexuality and HIV-AIDS in school programs, triggering resistance by some social actors. The current study seeks to clarify the various positions and interests and their influence on the textbook content. A literature search was conducted on the period during which the last educational reform was implemented in Mexico.
The Caribbean region presents the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS worldwide after sub-Saharan Africa; leading to serious social, economic and health consequences at the local scale but also at the regional and global levels. In Colombia, a national plan to tackle the epidemic was formulated with little evidence that its implementation in the local context is effective.
The nurse is in a position to look holistically at PWAs to diagnose spiritual distress with the same sensitivity and skill as that used to diagnose physical and psychosocial problems. Caring for these persons requires holistic planning and intervening as well, with an awareness of the effect of spirituality on well-being.
AIDS education and prevention: official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
The aim of this study was to obtain information about the reasons for continued high-risk behavior, and about the emotional costs of protection. Sixty-four gay men (none of whom was knowingly HIV-positive) were interviewed. Seventeen of them had had unprotected anal intercourse with at least two different partners during the last year, without knowing their own or their partners' HIV-status. When compared to the safer ones, these 17 showed no less knowledge about transmission.