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Sexology pp 369-374 | Cite as

Psychological Problems in Subjects with AIDS and Related Syndromes

  • M. Costa
  • F. Aiuti
  • I. Mezzaroma
  • S. Salvati
  • C. Simonelli
  • L. Solano
  • M. Bertini
Conference paper

Abstract

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome may be differentiated from other contemporary public health problems due to a whole series of difficulties that subjects with AIDS have to deal with, and the terror it generates. AIDS, in fact, though having some elements in common with other untreatable and mortal pathologies, such as cancer, shows very peculiar features, being a new and infectious disease, therefore being perceived as threatening and prone to diffusion, linked with sex, and involving social groups (homosexuals and drug addicts) already burdened with social prejudice. It may also have devastating effects on many aspects of life in affected individuals and cause difficult problems in people who are in a personal, intimate, familiar relationship with the patient.

Keywords

Psychological Problem Acquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Psychological Support Drug Addict Related Syndrome 
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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Costa
    • 1
  • F. Aiuti
    • 2
  • I. Mezzaroma
    • 2
  • S. Salvati
    • 3
  • C. Simonelli
    • 3
  • L. Solano
    • 3
  • M. Bertini
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto Italiano di Medicina SocialeRomaItaly
  2. 2.Cattedra di Allergologia e Immunologia ClinicaUniversitá „La Sapienza“RomaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di PsicologiaUniversitá „La Sapienza“RomaItaly

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