AIDS Counseling for Low-Risk Clients

Gerd Gigerenzer

in Adaptive Thinking

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153729
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849222 | DOI:

Series: Evolution and Cognition Series

AIDS Counseling for Low-Risk Clients

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The discrepancy between what clients believe a positive HIV test means and what it actually does mean seems to have cost human lives in addition to the toll the disease itself has taken. One of the goals of AIDS counseling is to explain the actual risk to the client. This chapter deals with pretest HIV counseling of low-risk clients about the meaning of a positive HIV test in German public AIDS counseling centers. This study shows, for a sample of public AIDS counseling centers in Germany, that counselors were not prepared to explain to a man with low-risk behavior what it would mean if he tested positive for HIV. When it came to explaining to the client the risk of being infected if he tests positive, there was a lack of information as well as a lack of knowledge of how to communicate risks.

Keywords: AIDS counseling; HIV test; risk; HIV; Germany

Chapter.  7366 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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