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Aids Exceptionalism Psych 2075

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Western University
Psychology 2075
William Fisher

Aids Exceptionalism/Reducing the Risk – Jan 9h  Acquired immune deficiency system  In the early 80’s it was understood to be a lethal disease  Hemophiliacs were given factor concentrates?  Progression from HIV infection to immune system compromise  Fear of aids was an independent focus to make people relatively tactical about AIDS  Fischer - Doctors are more dangerous to patients than patients are to doctors – lets test all doctors before we expose them to patients  HIV can occur because blood supply is not screened from blood transfusions, untested factor concentrate (doesn’t happen anymore because it’s made synthetically)  1984 – HIV discovered, within 2 years there were HIV tests  Must engage in some sort of penetrative activity that exposes you to the bloodstream of another person to be infected  Most of the HIV/AIDS was occurring within the gay communities and then among the drug users (needles)  At least a quarter of the heterosexual cases of HIV in Canada is women  Most other places its 1:1 ratio of men and women  Nothing homosexual about the disease, just happened to start in the gay community o During an era of gay liberation, high rates of partner exchange occurred^ o More partners, more prevalent the pathogen  As the disease becomes latent (5-10 years) viral load is low, symptoms occur, immune compromised, virus starts to replicate and viral load goes way up until death o *Graph is important* o Function of risky behaviour and a function of partners viral load o Viral load increases the more sick you become o Viral load = how infectious you are.  High = very infectious  Low = less infections  When you are initially infected you have a high viral load but it increases the more sick you become  Occupational exposure – ex. Police officer and someone bleeds on you during your course of work. 1 in 300 needle sticks in a hospital setting convey HIV/AIDS  Post exposure profelacus ? – given to someone who is potentially exposed to HIV/AIDS  Can prevent infection, not guaranteed  Have you ever had intercourse? – ¾ of males and female – condoms 64-56% of the time  Penis – anus sex with condom: males 54.9% females 33.7%  1981-1996 – era of unbelievable fear because there was no medicine that could hault the progression of AIDS and death  Aids quilt for people who died from AIDS – sections in memory of those who died  Could try to control opportunistic infection, but couldn’t control AIDS o *Another important graph*  ~6,000 people by the year 2000 in Canada  70,000 by 1993 in the U.S.A  Broken dark line represents the half living half dead (people who had died already)  Blue broken line – people living with HIV inf
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