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SOCIAL WORK

SOCW 6205 – MEDICAL SOCIAL WORK II

Discussion: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination

 

Over the past several decades, education, medical advances, and public health efforts have tempered the public image of HIV/AIDS. Despite these efforts, patients with HIV/AIDS continue to experience stigma and discrimination, which may negatively affect a patient’s mental health status. The stigma impedes patients from seeking HIV tests, particularly in certain ethnic and racial groups. Reducing the stigma and discrimination of HIV/AIDS is one of many roles carried out by HIV/AIDS social workers.

The advent and availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1996 changed the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. ART is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It is a medication regimen that controls the level of HIV virus in the blood, leading to prolonged life expectancy and improved quality of life for patients with HIV/AIDS. It is often difficult for patients to accept and comprehend that ART is a lifelong treatment that must be taken on a strict schedule. Deviations from treatment schedules often lead to detrimental consequences. Medical social workers play an integral role in supporting patients with HIV/AIDS on ART.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s resources. Consider stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS. Think about the negative effects of stigma and discrimination, including the psychological burdens that create formidable obstacles to effective HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

By Day 3

Post an explanation of factors causing stigma and discrimination in patients with HIV/AIDS. Then, describe the impact of stigma and discrimination on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and patients’ psychosocial profiles. Explain the propensity of excessive stigma and discrimination in certain ethnic and racial groups. Provide examples to illustrate your response. Focus on the NASW Code of Ethics, and explain ways you might address stigma and discrimination while providing HIV/AIDS education and preventive services.

 

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.

 

Be sure to support your responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references both within the text and on the referencing section. PLEASE ALWAYS INCLUDE THE REQIRED TEXTBOOK as part of the references and if possible some of the REQUIRED READING if applicable. Please always start by referring to THE TEXTBOOK, below

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

Hospital Social Work 2006

Author: Beder, Joan

ISBN-13: 978-0-415-95067-1

ISBN-10: 0-415-95067-8

Edition/Copyright: 2006

Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

 

REQUIRED

Handbook of Health Social Work 3RD 19

Author: Gehlert, Sarah

ISBN-13: 978-1-119-42072-9

ISBN-10: 1-119-42072-5

Edition/Copyright: 3RD 19

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

REQUIRED

Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context 4TH 16

Author: McCoyd, Judith L.M.

ISBN-13: 978-1-138-92436-9

ISBN-10: 1-138-92436-9

Edition/Copyright: 4TH 16

Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

 

 

 

 

 

Required Readings

 

 

Learning Resources

 

McCoyd, J. L. M., & Kerson, T. S., (Eds.). (2016). Social work in health settings: Practice in context (4th ed.) New York, NY: Routledge.

• Chapter 6, “Working With Families With HIV-Positive Children” (pp. 79-89)

 

Tomaszewski, E. P. (2012). Understanding HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Ehw3d_90z30%3D&portalid=0

 

Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2019). Handbook of health social work (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

• Chapter 20, “Chronic Disease and Social Work: Diabetes, Heart Disease, and HIV/AIDS” (pp. 463-488)

 

Land, H., & Linsk, N. (2013). HIV stigma and discrimination: Enduring issues. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 12(1), 3–8.

HIV stigma and discrimination: Enduring issues by Land, H., & Linsk, N., in HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Vol. 12, Issue 1. Copyright 2013 by Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

 

Linsk, N. L. (2011). Thirty years into the HIV epidemic: Social work perspectives and prospects. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 10(3). 218–229.

Social work perspectives and prospects by Land, H., & Linsk, N., in HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Vol. 10, Issue 3. Copyright 2013 by Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

 

Lichtenstein, B., Sturdevant, M., & Mujumdar, A. (2010). Psychosocial stressors of families affected by HIV/AIDS: Implications for social work practice. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 9(2), 130–152.

Psychosocial stressors of families affected by HIV/AIDS: Implications for social work practice by Land, H., & Linsk, N., in HIV/AIDS & Social Services, Vol. 9, Issue 2. Copyright 2013 by Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Informa UK LTD. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

 

Mutchler, M. G., Wagner, G., Cowgill, B. O., McKay, T., Risley, B., & Bogart, L. M. (2011). Improving HIV/AIDS care through treatment advocacy: Going beyond client education to empowerment by facilitating client–provider relationships. AIDS Care, 23(1), 79–90.

 

Hampton, G., Buggy, M., Graves, J., McCann, L. & Irwin, J. (2017). Grappling with realities: Policy and practice in HIV social work. Australian Social Work, 70(1), 92-103.

 

Edmonds, A., Moore, E., Valdez, A. & Tomlinson, C. (2015). Social work and the HIV care continuum: Assisting HIV patients diagnosed in an emergency department. Social Work, 60(3), 238-246.

 

National Association of Social Workers. (n.d.). NASW HIV/AIDS spectrum: Mental health training and education of social workers project. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=yzpg-m3BD3U%3D&portalid=0

 

Optional Resources

AIDSinfo. (2012). Guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents in HIV-1-infected adults and adolescents. Retrieved from http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/contentfiles/lvguidelines/adultandadolescentgl.pdf

Newman, P. A. (2009). Social and behavioral challenges of HIV vaccines: Implications for social work and social science. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 8(4), 313–330.

 

Sanford, E., & Gaylord, S. E. (2013, June 17). Social work and HIV/AIDS. Retrieved from http://blog.aids.gov/2013/06/social-work-and-hivaids.html

 

 

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