Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS): Issues and Information for the Military Health Psychologist,
TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER HI
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There has been an increased interest in acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome AIDS by both military and civilian health care professionals. Epidemiological studies have indicated that the human immunodeficiency virus HIV which is associated with AIDS may be present in 1 to 1.5 million people in the United States Barnes, 1986. The Department of Defense has initiated a program which involves the testing for the presence of the HIV antibody-positive but have no symptoms of AIDS are retained on active duty. Consequently, military health psychology can be expected to provide an important role in the evaluation and treatment of these individuals. This paper provides an overview of AIDS and the nature of the HIV infection. The psychological and neuropsychological factors related to HIV are reviewed. The need for Therapeutic intervention and selected treatment issues are presented.
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