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Aging with HIV: Psychological, Social, and Health Issues by Janice E. Nichols, David C. Speer, Betty J. Watson, Mary

By Janice E. Nichols, David C. Speer, Betty J. Watson, Mary Watson, Tiffany L. Vergon, Colette M. Vallee, Joan M. Meah

In 1998, nearly 30 million humans world wide have been residing with HIV/AIDS, approximately five million of whom grew to become contaminated that 12 months. The epidemic maintains to extend, with an anticipated doubling time of 10 years, making AIDS the major infectious explanation for loss of life prior to tuberculosis and malaria. Even within the U.S.A. the place the dying price from AIDS is declining due to powerful drug remedies, HIV an infection premiums proceed to climb in different inhabitants teams. the superiority of AIDS between humans over the age of fifty is gradually expanding, and such a lot older individuals are unprepared to deal with it for a few purposes, together with the common ache with concerns sexual and gay and the assumption that aged everyone is now not sexually lively and consequently no longer at risk.This advisor for care prone seeks to coach and tell readers in regards to the problems and problems that accompany the disorder in older humans. hence, whereas the appendix comprises technical descriptions of technique, info, and effects, the narratives within the chapters describing the findings and their sensible implications are written in layman's language. subject matters coated contain biomedical features, demographics, sexuality, stressors, psychological wellbeing and fitness, older ladies, and sufferer care, all of that are supported via case experiences.

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According to Sarah, she had been seeing a doctor for diabetes and high blood pressure. ``The doctor asked me did anyone in my family use drugs. I told him that my husband used drugs, so he asked me would I take the test. . I started not to because I say, `I know I don't have it. . ' '' On receiving her positive test result, the denial continued. ``I kept saying, `I can't have it, . . I don't believe it,' to the counselor. Then I came back and I told my husband they want him to come down and be tested .

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At that time, that was when it was an automatic death sentence, and it was a shocker! . I had always been in a position where I knew something could happen at any time and I could go. I'd been doing that ever since I was a kid, so something new coming along wasn't that bad for me. . I wasn't devastated. My main concern was [my wife and daughter]; you know, if [my wife] was positive, then that left [my daughter]. When she was negative, that took most of the worry from me. 44 The HIV-Testing Experience TESTED DUE TO AWARENESS OF PERSONAL RISK Only six of the participants sought HIV testing because they were cognizant of their risk of exposure, either through their high-risk behavior or having contact with someone found to be HIV positive.

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