Should HIV/AIDS be viewed as a Chronic Illness?




HIV/AIDS is often compared to other chronic illness which, in my opinion could pose a problem for intervention. By definition HIV/AIDS does fall into the Chronic illnesscategory because it to date still remains incurable. However, with the increase in HIV/AIDS AIDS infection rates among Black women maybe a different terminology should be used to convey the seriousness of living with HIV/AIDS and its complications.

HIV/AIDS is unlike any other disease recorded in history. It’s mechanism of infection of seek and destroy, at present has made it difficult to create an effective system of containment. Health educators can teach the importance of self protection but for many they, are still willing to participate in risky behavior. Dr. Berkley believes that because HIV/AIDS is now becoming viewed as a chronic problem treatable with antiretrovirals, and the fact that less than 10 percent of people who are infected know their status makes interventions for prevention and treatment difficult (Koop, Pearson, & Schwarz, 2002).

It is my personal belief that a lack of self appreciation and gender respect helps to proliferate the spread of HIV/AIDS. Women often find themselves placing the needs of others above their own. The mental and emotional stress from this mentality has lead to a neglect of self, which in some ways are allowing HIV/AIDS to invade at high rates.

Two Local Organizations:

SAAVED

AIDs Interfaith Network Faith Based



Information for those looking to fund a HIV/AIDS program

National Prevention Information Network


Cross post located atDallas South

 

Reader Comments

There is a lot of muddy thinking about AIDS. I'm not even convinced that there is a causal link between HIV and AIDS. I agree that there is correlation, but there are a significant number of people with HIV that don't have AIDS, and more importantly, people with all the non-tautological symptoms of AIDS without having HIV.

Given that we keep chasing the HIV mirage, I'm not sure how we are going to move forward. When we ignore a major falsifying contraindication of "HIV causes AIDS", what else are we ignoring because it is a hot-button political issue?

....hey hun...stopping by.. I don't know what I think about this one.. Have a great weekend....

Go B.



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