Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

The Family and HIV

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

The Family and HIV

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Bor, R., & Elford, J. (Eds.). (1994). The family and HIV. New York: Cassell, 282 pp., $21.95.

This collection of 18 journal articles focused on various aspects of HIV's eff.ect on the family is wide-ranging and, in fact, mirrors the widespread nature of this disease. The virus's repercussions are felt not only in the infected person, but also in the family and indeed throughout the world.

Most of the book is drawn from research in the United Kingdom and in Africa, but conclusions sound familiar to those of us who work with North American families which have a member with AIDS/HIV. One researcher in Kampala, Uganda, notes: "the data . . . indicate that several aspects of family structure and functioning are fundamentally affected by the presence of a person with AIDS within the family. These areas are: household composition, economic decisions, social interaction and access to health care" (p. 72).

Another universal theme is the stigma and resulting social isolation which are the purview of this particular disease. It does not seem to matter whether the person with AIDS/ HIV lives in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or one of the countries on the African continent, the added dimension of the AIDS label exacerbates the family's burden. …

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