AIDS: Women, Drugs and Social Care: Women, Drugs & Social by Nicholas Dorn

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Several participants in the discussion had contact with such guardians who had expressed feelings of isolation and a lack of 38 PERSPECTIVES ON HIV FROM EDINBURGH supportive contact with parents or other guardians in similar situations. This lack of support could reduce the likelihood of these grandparents/ guardians coming forward for advice and support if their child has HIV. The availability of pre-school nurseries where information could be received on a variety of issues such as welfare rights, health, HIV, could help in making these ‘unanticipated’ carers feel less isolated.

Without a significant change in the current picture, appropriate responses will be limited, as the following chapters suggest. Chapter 3 Responding in a Crisis: Perspectives on HIV, Drugs and Women’s Needs from Edinburgh Valerie Morrison Introduction and Context At the time this study was initiated, Edinburgh, a city with an estimated drug injecting population of approximately 2,000 (Haw and Liddell, 1989) had been facing a barrage of media and public attention in relation to the extent of HIV among injecting drug users for over two years.

HIV and Drugs Among many of the services provided in Edinburgh, working with HIV ‘just happened’ as an almost inevitable continuation of drug-related work. There was little choice involved, although no one expressed regretting their involvement. What was important was to see drug-using ‘clients’ holistically and not just in terms of their drug use behaviour. HIV is HIV, and carers saw no reason why individuals should be treated any differently if they also used drugs. Around this time several new services were appearing which were set up specifically to work with HIV-infected persons.

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