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By J. Moatti

Significant adjustments 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 learn and remedy. AIDS in Europe brings jointly papers from top social technology researchers to examine the possibilities and demanding situations those alterations deliver and the various ways that they're being replied to in either western and jap Europe. Papers are organised lower than 3 headings: *new demanding situations for HIV prevention *care of individuals dwelling with HIV/AIDS in a brand new healing context *AIDS public regulations: from specialisation to normalisation AIDS in Europe offers a finished assessment of present social and behavioural examine on HIV and AIDS for all overall healthiness execs.

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More specifically, our goals were to examine (a) the main needs of PLWA/HIV, (b) the ways in which HIV and AIDS are experienced, and (c) the changes people make in everyday life HIV seropositivity and life in Greece 27 in order to cope with the disease. We also hoped to compare Greece with two other European countries (France and Belgium) through a ‘parallel reading’ of research experience with the emphasis on methodological issues. Any approach to understanding the management of everyday life by people with HIV/AIDS needs to be sensitive to the multifaceted nature of the syndrome (Agrafiotis, 1995).

She has put on weight and she did have quite bad diarrhoea with it as well and that has stopped now. So it obviously didn’t agree with her. (Derek Forsyth, father of Louise, aged 5) What seemed important to this and other parents was the sense of at least partial control they gained by adjusting their children’s treatment. While such adjustments were generally discussed with the doctors in the hospital, this was not always the case. Complementary or alternative medicine Another way in which parents tried to gain a sense of control over their child’s health was to look outside orthodox medicine to complementary or alternative medicine.

The circumstances of the announcement together with the lack of systematic counselling and psychological support mean that at this crucial point of their lives many people with HIV/AIDS found it difficult to accept and deal with a positive result. After an initial phase of grief and anger, each tried to find support from different resources such as family, friends, employment, religion and NGOs, in an effort to adjust and survive. In Greece, the treatment given to people with HIV/AIDS is hospital oriented.

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