ERIC Number: ED290093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with AIDS: Psychological and Social Considerations in Helping People with HTLV-III Infection.
This booklet was written to familiarize health and mental health professionals and paraprofessionals with the psychological and social problems associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It briefly reviews the realities of AIDS and describes the challenge that AIDS poses for health care professionals. A section on neuropsychiatric dimensions of AIDS infection explores the range of psychological suffering experienced by persons with AIDS and explains involvement of the central nervous system in the disease. A section on treating patients with AIDS or related conditions discusses needs of patients which go beyond medical care and suggests referrals to various service groups. Treatment considerations are presented for patients with AIDS and for patients who have tested positive for HTLV-III antibody or who have AIDS-related complex. Support groups and mental health referrals are discussed. The next section looks at the needs of health professionals who work with AIDS patients. A conclusion to the report briefly summarizes its main points and is followed by a section on further information which includes a recommended reading list, AIDS hotline telephone numbers, and telephone numbers to call when requesting AIDS information from state departments of health. (NB)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Health Personnel, Helping Relationship, Individual Needs, Mental Health, Physical Health, Social Support Groups
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.