AIDS and the Family: Policy Options for a Crisis in Family by Department of Economic and Social Affairs

By Department of Economic and Social Affairs

HIV and AIDS take a profound toll on households. while a loved one turns into unwell or dies, everybody within the kinfolk suffers. In 2001, the United international locations common meeting exact consultation on HIV/AIDS famous the real function performed through the kin in prevention, care and aid. This book addresses the problems and demanding situations of HIV/AIDS from a kin standpoint, utilizing details and knowledge from sub-Saharan Africa.

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For the extended family this cycle is perpetuated up to the time that the extended family structure ceases to exist. The family-life-cycle model can be adapted and modified to reflect variations in the dependence and independence of family members within and between societies. Depending on the purposes for and settings in which the model is applied, the number of stages can be either reduced or expanded. For example, additional stages or sub-stages may be inserted to reflect the ages of children or events such as retirement.

The resulting numbers reflected situations of H N seroconcordance, where both partners were infected, and serodiscordance in which only the woman was infected. To these numbers were added estimates for discordant couples in which only the resident male partner was infected. 54y 56 To err on the conservative side in estimating a reasonable number of discordant HIV-positive male partners to add to the estimated number of concordant and discordant HIV-positive evermarried women, the latter was multiplied by 20 per cent instead of 40 per cent to arrive at the total number of families affected by adult HIV.

Specific functions evolve to ensure that the family's essential needs are met; the responsibilities undertaken within this framework include the following: HIVIAIDS has an impact on these life-cycle transitions, and may produce a family crisis unrelated to or even incongruous with a particular stage of the cycle. For example, the discovery that a pregnant woman or newborn is HIV-positive is likely to produce enormous stress within a family at a time when its members should be experiencing great joy.

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