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Volume :36 Issue : 4 2008      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Problems Facing Social Workers Who Deal with Victims of Aids: A Descriptive Field Study

Auther : Hussein O. Al Khozahe

This Study explores the main problems facing social workers in the medical environment dealing directly with the treatment of AIDS patients. It endeavors to shed light on certain facts surrounding this fatal disease in Jordan, such as reasons for infections, the means and number of cases diagnosed as being positive with this disease, gender, the age of patients, and the place of infection. The research-worker has employed the comprehensive social survey method which included all social workers currently working in Health Awareness Centers, and voluntary check-ups against HIV in the Ministry of Health Centers in 6 provinces in Jordan: Amman, Zarqa, Jerash, Madaba, Aqaba, and Balqa. The results of this study include the following:

1 - The difficulty of winning the patients confidence, the difficulty of changing dangerous habits, the lack of privacy and secrecy in both private and public hospitals, the patient feeling ashamed of himself, hyper-sensitivity, the dangerous nature of the disease, and the financial problems which many HIV patients suffer from.

2 - 93.3% of social workers accepted the idea of dealing with HIV patients, with 83% holding BA degrees and 93.3% of them carrying out a permanent follow-up with their patients.

3 - As of July 31st 2007, there is a total of 523 cases of AIDS in Jordan.

4 - Sexual intercourse is the main reason for infection. The study found that 9% of the cases got infected inside Jordan and 91% of the cases were infected outside the country. The 30-90 age group occupied the first rank among cases, at 37.5% of the total cases; females inflicted with AIDS constituted 34.4% of the total number of patients.

Key Words: Aids, Counseling and Awareness Center, Victims of Aids, Social workers

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