TITLE

HIV-Infected and Unaware

AUTHOR(S)
Klitsch, Michael
PUB. DATE
November 1993
SOURCE
Family Planning Perspectives;Nov/Dec93, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p243
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected people's lack of knowledge about their infection until shortly before developing AIDS. Young people and those who were infected heterosexually with the (HIV) often may not know they are infected until shortly before developing AIDS, according to British research. In a study of 3,556 British men and women diagnosed between January 1989 and December 1992 as having AIDS, 49% learned they were HIV-infected nine months or less before the diagnosis with AIDS. "Such people are unable to receive primary prophylaxis and antiretroviral treatment and have less time to accept their sempositive status and to build up a relationship with counsellors and support groups before becoming ill," the researchers comment. They add, though, that these individuals "are not necessarily unaware of their risk of being infected may have decided not to be tested because of denial, ignorance of available treatments, fear of stigmatisation, or fear or repercussions regarding employment, mortgages, life insurance, etc."
ACCESSION #
9406030300

 

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