Children and Young People Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective PDF ebook Free
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By Pranee Liamputtong (Editor)
- Series:Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being
- Hardcover:497 pages
- Publisher:Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (June 15, 2016)
Children and young people are at the center of HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2014, UNAIDS reported that some 36.9 million (34.3–41.4 million) people were living with HIV. Every day, around 7000 persons become infected with HIV and 5000 persons die from AIDS, due mostly to lack of access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. Globally, AIDS-related illnesses remain a leading cause of death. The epidemic has spared no country in the world, although in some countries prevalence rates are still low. HIV/AIDS have caused a “social assault” on the lives of children and young people in the world. Chapters in this volume attest to this. Many have been orphaned by the death of their HIV-positive parents. Young people, according to the United Nations, are “at the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Many young people also bear the burden of caring for family members living with HIV/AIDS. Marginalized young people such as refugees, migrants, street children, and those who have been seen to have transgressed their gender norms (e.g., MSA, lesbians, bisexual, gays and transgender individuals) are most at risk due to the use of illicit drugs, their exposure to unprotected sex (in exchange for food, money and protection), and stigma associated with their marginalized lives. Worldwide, we have witnessed the impact that HIV/AIDS has on the opportunities for these young people to be able to lead healthy adult lives. It is crucial that the voices of these children and young people are heard, and their lived experiences and needs are better understood by health and social care providers, as well as researchers in the fi eld so that culturally sensitive health and social care can be implemented for them. The focus of this book is on the issues that these children and young people face and their lived experiences associated with HIV/AIDS (both directly and indirectly) throughout different parts of the globe. Chapters in this volume indeed affi rm the need for us (health-care providers, researchers, and policymakers) to understand and better respond to the social conditions that dictate the health and well-being of children and young people living with HIV/AIDS.