Tuesday, December 26, 2006

HIV/AIDS Stigma in Rural America

One of the largest obstacles to proper care of patients early in the AIDS epidemic was and may still be stigma associated with the disease. A common question throughout any major crisis and especially the AIDS epidemic is how the reaction in urbanized America differs from the more rural parts of the United States. To gain some insight into these issues, I have asked my parents to share their first experiences with AIDS patients and their thoughts on these issues. My father, Dr. James Raver, is a respiratory and intensive care specialist in the private sector of health care and my mother, Dr. Sue Raver, is a pediatrician in public health. Both of them live and work in rural western Maryland. I'm Charles Raver. To listen to the interview, please listen to the podcast at: http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/dawessner/361HIV/podcast/AIDS_Pandemic_23.m4a

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