AIDS phobia

AIDS phobia

A generic term that encompasses unfounded fears of having contracted AIDS and incorrect beliefs as to how HIV is transmitted, which, in certain susceptible individuals, result in bizarre behaviours meant to avoid contracting AIDS, including cleaning rituals and avoidance of either people with AIDS or those whose work brings them in contact with HIV-positive people.

AIDS phobia

A morbid fear, unsupported by any clear evidence, that one is suffering from AIDS. All the features of HYPOCHONDRIASIS are present but with intense concentration on AIDS. Various normal body functions and minor symptoms and signs are interpreted as proof of the presence of the disease.
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This qualitative study used narrative data to examine the religious education and spiritual formation of 10 African American gay men living with AIDS and to describe their experience of religiously sanctioned homophobia, heterosexism, and AIDS phobia of the black church in the context of its historical opposition to societal prejudice and oppression.
Because of homophobia, heterosexism, and AIDS phobia, African American gay men with AIDS are not typically offered such support from the church.
However, challenging a religious organization and its leaders regarding issues of homophobia, heterosexism, and AIDS phobia may be a complex endeavor, especially for African American social workers.
Suit, Filed Under the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Says AIDS Phobia & Homophobia
We received written notice from Circuit City to remove our free HIV testing signage in 2001 -- almost two years after we first posted it -- and are angry now to face eviction over what we believe is really AIDS phobia and homophobia," said Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President.
What surprised the Lutheran group and the nursing home president, and almost derailed the project, was their underestimation of the virulence of the neighborhood's AIDS phobia, accompanied and augmented by homophobia, addictophobia, classism, and racism.
The courts don't want to reward AIDS phobia, but if somebody tells you you're going to die, that fear is real.
This timely book also includes coverage of: Modified Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act for removal of life support, nutrition and hydration; the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA); a report by the Institute of Medicine on improving the safety of medical treatment; expansion of HMO liability; employment issues for hospitals, including discrimination against disabled persons and sex discrimination; whether a defendant can be his own expert witness; expert testimony on the general practitioner standard of health care; Good Samaritan statutes and medical emergencies; the effect of AIDS Phobia on patients and physicians; and the duty of the medical provider to disclose an economic or personal interest in a recommended procedure
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