Caring for the HIV/AIDS Caregiver

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Vincent J. Lynch, Paul A. Wilson
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 164 pages
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HIV/AIDS poses unique challenges and creates unique needs for the care provider, whether that person is a professional, family member, or a friend. This book is designed to examine the major issues affecting those caregivers.

The book begins with a thorough survey of the HIV/AIDS caregiving context. Then some of the major stresses in HIV/AIDS caregiving are identified. The special issues and challenges confronted by female, African-American, and gay caregivers are then reviewed. The next essay examines how the caregiver can approach questions from both clients' and patients' perspectives and the caregiver's sero-status. After focusing on the key issues of spirituality in HIV/AIDS care, the issue of multiple loss, and the grieving process, the book concludes with a synthesis and suggestions for new perspectives on the caregiving process. The collection is intended to be a major resource for professional caregivers as well as family members and loved ones.


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VINCENT J. LYNCH is Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of Continuing Education at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He served as an editor of The Changing Face of AIDS (Auburn House, 1993).

PAUL A. WILSON is a retired social work educator.

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