HIV/AIDS primary psychosocial factors

Psychology
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What are the primary psychosocial factors of the development of HIV/AIDS? What psychosocial factors slow the progression of HIV/AIDS? Provide examples. 

Dec 11th, 2015

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In order to develop effective HIV/AIDS risky behavior reduction intervention strategies and to further decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS, it is important to assess the prevalence of psycho-social problems and HIV/AIDS risky behaviors in people living with HIV/AIDS

The main psycho-social factors are:

  • People living with HIV/AIDS  are known to have great emotional needs and require enormous support for coming to terms with dire affliction status.
  • In addition to being a disease that is associated with a number of physical malfunctions and progressive discomforts like pain, shortness of breath, altered sexual functioning and disfigurement, HIV/AIDS is also still a highly stigmatized disease.
  • A number of studies of patients who seek HIV/AIDS treatment or preventive health services have indicated that there is fairly high prevalence of psycho-social problems including depression, anxiety, and hostility 
  • Other research shows that psycho-social variables, such as depression and other mental health problems, drug or alcohol addictions, or any combination of these are most commonly prevalent
. The stigmatization, alienation and breakdown of social support systems contribute greatly to the feelings of helplessness experienced by people affected with HIV/AIDS, these feelings altered by the support of family and friends, strong bongs and cognitive comprehensiveness can slow the progression of the  disease.

Now for example clear understanding of how psycho social problems are likely to operate in HIV-infected individuals and impact their ability to consistently act rationally is very useful for a full understanding of high-risk sexual behaviors. 
jack is suffering from HIV/AIDs, at this point of time he is very depressed and his rationale is not reason enough. The close ones of Jack are the primary source of joy for him as they are the only ones who can make him understand not to give up on life. This cognitive supprot is very important for the patient. 

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