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The Social Welfare of Women and Children with HIV and AIDS : Legal Protections, Policy, and Programs - Theodore J. Stein

The Social Welfare of Women and Children with HIV and AIDS

Legal Protections, Policy, and Programs

Paperback Published: 6th November 1997
ISBN: 9780195109429
Number Of Pages: 272

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Although AIDS was originally viewed as a disease afflicting only homosexual men and intravenous drug users, HIV infection is now rising most rapidly among heterosexual women. Present estimates show that pediatric AIDS cases have also increased: there are approximately 20,000 children with AIDS in the United States alone. As the disease continues to spread, most rapidly among women and racial minorities, social workers and other service providers are forced to confront a wide range of new public policy problems.
The Social Welfare of Women and Children with HIV and AIDS examines the issues surrounding this growing epidemic, including discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and education, and explores such important topics as medical testing, confidentiality, reproductive freedom, income assistance, child welfare, and child custody. The text provides a comprehensive overview of public policy and legislation regarding these issues, focusing on the federal and state statutes that protect women and children with HIV and AIDS from discrimination. These statutes govern the operation of the public systems to which significant numbers of women with HIV and AIDS turn to for social services and financial, medical, and housing needs. The text also examines programs that affect the lives of women with children, such as child protective programs and foster care programs, and looks at specific issues of discrimination, including exclusion of children from regular classrooms; exclusion of women from experimental drug testing and research trials; and the denial of financial assistance to women because eligibility is based on signs and symptoms of HIV in men.
The Social Welfare of Women and Children with HIV and AIDS provides detailed information on court decisions which have set the precedents for the way the system deals with the problems facing today's growing HIV and AIDS infected population. It also considers the impact of the increasing number of women turning to the public sector for assistance with financial and medical problems in an era of government retrenchment. Written in clear and accessible language, The Social Welfare of Women and Children with HIV and AIDS is vital reading for students and practitioners in social work, public health, and law and a valuable aid for students of women's studies.

Acknowledgments Preface Key to Abbreviations 1. Introduction Part I: The Emergence of AIDS in the United States and the Response of the Federal Government Part II: The Emergence of HIV 2. The Policy Framework: Status Conferring Policies Part I: Overview of Statutory Provisions Part II: Statutory Terms and Their Application by the Courts Part III: Summary 3. The Policy Framework: Benefit Conferring Policies Part I: Financial Assistance Part II: Medical Care Part III: Social Services and Housing Part IV: Summary 4. The Care of Children and the Child Welfare System Part I: Child Care and Long-Range Planning Part II: Child Welfare System Part III: Summary 5. Confidentiality, Testing, and Reproductive Choice Part I: Testing and Confidentiality Part II: Testing and Confidentiality: The Legal Framework Part III: Reproductive Choice Part IV: Summary 6. Adolescents and HIV and AIDS: Population Demographics and Prevention Strategies Part I: The Incidence and Prevalence of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescents Part II: AIDS Education Programs Part III: Summary and Conclusion 7. Welfare Reform and Its Effects on Women and Children with HIV and AIDS Part I: Welfare Reform and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Block Grant Notes Table of Cases Bibliography

ISBN: 9780195109429
ISBN-10: 0195109422
Series: Child Welfare
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.47  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.38