Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 17: End-of-Life Issues in the HIV/AIDS Community
End-of-Life Issues in the HIV/AIDS Community
The thought of suicide is a great consolation; by means of it, one gets successfully through many a bad night.
—Nietzsche (1886/1973, p. 103)
In his acclaimed book, How We Die, Nuland (1993) said, “There has never been a disease as devastating as AIDS…. Medical science has never before confronted a microbe that destroys the very cells of the immune system whose job it is to coordinate the body's resistance to it” (p. 172). As the epidemic of HIV approaches the end of its second decade, rates of infection continue to rise in much of the world, and more people are falling ill with the catastrophic symptoms that lead to AIDS. Indeed, although recent medical discoveries ...