Caring for women at risk of HIV infection

Kathryn Anastos, Sandra M. Palleja

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Abstract

HIV infection and AIDS are having a major and growing impact on women's lives. In addition to the usually described risk behaviors, many other medical or behavioral factors should prompt physicians to offer HIV counseling and testing. These include unusual or difficult-to-treat gynecologic conditions, unexplained vague systemic symptoms, and most sexually transmitted diseases. Use of alcohol and crack cocaine can be associated with a higher risk of HIV infection because of decreased risk reduction behaviors. The authors discuss the barriers to risk reduction among women deriving from their unequal social roles in relation to men and provide specific and detailed guidelines for counseling and educating women about HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S40-S46
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume6
Issue number1 Supplement
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • counseling
  • intravenous drug use
  • sexual practices
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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