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 over the past few years are mirrored in altering epidemiological developments in addition to within the growth made in biomedical learn and therapy. AIDS in Europe brings jointly papers from top social technology researchers to examine the possibilities and demanding situations those adjustments convey and different 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 regulations: from specialisation to normalisation AIDS in Europe offers a complete review of present social and behavioural examine on HIV and AIDS for all health and wellbeing execs.

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In practice, few people with symptomatic disease living in developed countries will have failed to have some form of treatment, either in the form of antiretrovirals or else as prophylaxis against secondary complications, such as opportunistic infections. The clinical course of HIV infection has changed over the years, leading to longer survival and lower rates of disease progression as a result of antiretroviral and other treatments. Research into the contribution of psychological and behavioural factors to disease progression therefore needs to take into account the range of treatments that patients are receiving, and to attempt to evaluate the relative contribution of psychological and behavioural factors and medical treatments.

Et al. (1990) ‘Psychosocial effects of transfusion-related HIV infection in paediatric cancer patients’, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 8(49):41–58. Pierret, J. and Carricaburu, D. (1993) ‘HIV infected men, daily life and biographical reconstructions’, IXth International Conference on AIDS, Berlin, June, Abstract No. F42. 3 Psychological and behavioural factors and the natural history of HIV infection José Catalán It is a truism to say that psychological and behavioural factors and physical disease are intimately associated, although it is less easy to agree on what the direction of this association is—do psychological factors cause physical disease or vice versa?

It also saved others from worry and distress. However, the burden of the diagnosis and the difficulties surrounding it were too much for most parents to bear on their own and many had eventually confided in at least one other person. In contrast to the families of African background, European families tended to adopt a strategy of selective disclosure. While they were anxious to keep the diagnosis secret from people in general, they had shown only little hesitation in telling their closest relatives.

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