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Essay Immigrants and Aids

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An examination of the special problems of HIV positive immigrants, including history, discrimination, Americans With Disabilities Act, and the role of the social worker.

Despite recent breakthroughs in drug therapies to combat AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the pathogen that causes AIDS), a diagnosis of this disease remains one of the most frightening pieces of news that someone can receive. But it is not simply the medical news that is frightening: The arena of AIDS treatment abounds with human rights concerns that are especially troubling to people whose social standing is already marginalized, including gays, prostitutes, drug users and immigrants – who are often regarded as the most dangerous of this lot.
Thus a social worker faced with a client newly diagnosed as HIV-positive must address not only the person’s medical concerns, but her very legitimate psychological, social and legal ones as well. The immigrant in this situation will wonder if she can be…

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