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ERIC Number: ED435917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 7
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Advocacy for People with HIV/AIDS.
Cebuhar, John
In this paper, the author, who identifies himself as HIV positive, discusses his work as a counselor and advocate for people with AIDS. Background information on AIDS, from the first reported case in 1981 to current treatments, is provided. The use of revitalization counseling with AIDS patients, that is counseling that brings new life to an individual, is discussed. Counselors who work with AIDS patients are encouraged to use life-affirming, motivational methods that will help clients reach their goals, and therefore live longer. The lack of services available for AIDS patients, the stigmas placed by society on AIDS patients, and employment discrimination are some of the reasons why the need exists for advocacy. The author discusses how, through his own experiences as an advocate, he has been able to educate others who have as a result of these encounters changed policies to be nondiscriminatory, learned more about law, and become more confident in his advocacy abilities. This paper suggests that through advocacy, counselors can aid their clients in becoming empowered to help themselves and others, and thus counselors enhance their own effectiveness as practitioners and human beings. (MKA)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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