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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)


The family is greatly affected in all cases of HIV/AIDS, regardless of where the person might live. Issues such as safe sex practices, planning for care of children during parents' illness and after death, dealing with prejudices and unmet expectations within the family unit, coming out as a homosexual, admitting to intravenous drug use, or to sexual activity with multiple partners, are often on the forefront during this difficult time. Until a vaccine is approved and widely disseminated, people must avoid risky behaviors in order to curb the spread of this devastating disease. One of the primary issues is to support extended family members who are taking in children orphaned by AIDS, while grieving the great loss of loved ones.


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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaFamily Health IssuesAcquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) - History, Modes Of Transmission, Testing And Diagnosis, Symptoms, Treatment, Psychosocial Issues, Global Implications