The Impact of Chronic and Terminal Illness
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HIV disease does not occur in a vacuum from other illness processes, both chronic and terminal. As a consequence, a significant amount of what we know about responses to, and impact of, chronic and terminal illnesses has relevance to HIV disease. On the other hand, the pandemic in predominantly gay men in the 1980s in North America and Western Europe also brought a number of unique features into the situation, among them the collective experience of the gay subculture, the stigmatization resulting from the co-categorization of male gayness and AIDS, and the experience of dealing with the stigmatization of a gay orientation. This chapter explores both the common and unique elements of dealing with HIV disease in this population.
KeywordsTerminal Illness Life Plan Illness Narrative Illness Concept Mental Adjustment
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