African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses

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Dorie J. Gilbert, Ednita M. Wright
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 269 pages
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AIDS is the second-leading cause of death among African American women between the ages of 18 and 44. African American women constitute 63% of all cases of AIDS among women in the United States. This volume brings together the collective wisdom of scholars, researchers, and social work professionals dealing with these concerns. Focusing attention on the primary population of women impacted by AIDS, this book presents culturally sensitive responses that meet the specific needs of African American women.

An historical and current overview of the alarming HIV infection rate among African Americans, in particular women, introduces the crisis. Subsequent chapters highlight HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention strategies that are successfully impacting the African American population. Guided by a feminist perspective and grounded in social construction theory, social work theory, and social work practice, this volume privileges the voice of African American women, the group that is the most disenfranchised-and least accurately represented-in AIDS-related research and writing. This essential guide sheds light on a calamity too often overlooked, making it especially valuable for scholars, students, researchers, and practitioners involved with HIV/AIDS issues in the African American community, and with women's and black studies.

 

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Contents

The Sociocultural Construction of AIDS among African American Women
5
Deep from Within the Well Voices of African American Women Living with HIVAIDS
29
Substance Abuse and African Americans The Need for AfricentricBased Substance Abuse Treatment Models
51
THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT WOMEN HIVINFECTED FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY AND RESPONDING TO AIDS
73
HIVPositive African American Women and Their Families Barriers to Effective Family Coping
77
African American HIVAffected Children and Adolescents Intersecting Vulnerabilities
85
Focus on Solutions Harlem DowlingWest Side Center for Children and Family Services A Comprehensive Response to Working with HIVAffected C...
101
Life Transformations of HIVPositive African American Women Theories and Evidence of Change
107
African American Adolescent Girls Neglected and Disrespected
163
Focus on Solutions A CommunityBased MotherDaughter HIV RiskReduction Intervention
183
Focus on Solutions A Culturally Sensitive Computer Based AIDS Prevention Program Targeting African American Women on College Campuses
191
COMMUNITY AND POLICY ACTION A CALL TO ACTION
201
Culturally Grounded Responses HIVAIDS Practice and Counseling Issues for African American Women
205
Focus on Solutions Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS Taking Care of Our Own
221
HIVAIDS Policy and African American Women
225
Index
249

Making a Way Out of No Way Spiritual Coping for HIVPositive African American Women
139
Focus on Solutions Black Churches Respond to AIDS Interview with Pernessa C Seele Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead
153
AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENT FEMALES INVISIBLE AND AT RISK
159
About the Editors and Contributors
263
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DORIE J. GILBERT is Assistant Professor at the Center for Social Work Research, University of Texas, Austin. She is co-editor of Bulletin of HIV/AIDS in Social Work.

EDNITA M. WRIGHT is Director of Diversity and Outreach Services for Gannett Health Center, Cornell University.

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