Psychosocial issues in adults with transfusion-related HIV infection and their families

Les Gallo-Silver, Victoria H. Raveis, Rosemary T. Moynihan

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Clinical data on all non-hemophiliac adult cases of transfusion-induced HIV infection (TI-HIV) referred for treatment to the Infectious Disease Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center between 1987 to 1989 (N = 20) provided an opportunity to investigate the social and psychological impact of transfusion-induced HIV-infection. The specific psychosocial issues presented by this population which relate to the circumstances of their infection (i.e., blood transfusions) include: coping with personal feelings of victimization, sadness, anger, and isolation; decision-making concerning medical treatment; and re-building trust in relationships with medical care professionals. Counseling interventions with this population are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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