New PDF release: AIDS: Women, Drugs and Social Care: Women, Drugs & Social

By Nicholas Dorn

ISBN-10: 1850008744

ISBN-13: 9781850008743

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In Edinburgh it is common for grandparents to have custody of children where one or both parents are using drugs. Several participants in the discussion had contact with such guardians who had expressed feelings of isolation and a lack of 38 PERSPECTIVES ON HIV FROM EDINBURGH supportive contact with parents or other guardians in similar situations. This lack of support could reduce the likelihood of these grandparents/ guardians coming forward for advice and support if their child has HIV. The availability of pre-school nurseries where information could be received on a variety of issues such as welfare rights, health, HIV, could help in making these ‘unanticipated’ carers feel less isolated.

By February 1990, thirty-seven AIDS 40 PERSPECTIVES ON HIV FROM EDINBURGH cases among injecting drug users were recorded, nine of whom had died (an increase of over 100 per cent on 1989 figures). Some of the original participants met in February, 1990 to discuss changes in policy, practice and provision that had taken place since the original meetings in 1989. Local practitioners working with a large number of people with HIV/AIDS have predicted a heterosexual ‘epidemic’ of HIV infection and have announced that in Edinburgh 1 in 100 males between the ages of 15 and 44 are currently infected.

Several members of the groups had nursing backgrounds and as a result had worked with the young terminally ill, the elderly, and cancer patients, where there is a great need to remain supportive and optimistic, even if this is often difficult. Two factors which sometimes place extra stress on carers were discussed at length. First, one’s level of emotional involvement could threaten the ability to remain professionally detached. Nurses in the main ‘aren’t meant to get emotionally involved’, yet as one respondent stated, My experience…with young people dying of cancers…it’s really very difficult to keep seeing them coming back into hospital again and again, and a bit weaker than they were the last time and maybe taking longer to get out.

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