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Social Work With HIV and AIDS

A Case-Based Guide

Edited by Diana Rowan

Publication Date - July 2013

ISBN: 9780190616380

576 pages
5.8 x 8.9 inches

In Stock


More than thirty years after the first reported case of AIDS in the United States, we are fortunate to live in a time when, with proper medical treatment, a person with HIV or AIDS can live a long and fulfilling life. The social, economic, and interpersonal issues that continue to define HIV and AIDS beyond the medical reality of the disease, however, are still frequently overlooked. People living with HIV or AIDS have a broad spectrum of needs including access to medical care, housing assistance, mental health support, management of co-occurring conditions, specialized case management, and advocacy. Social work in HIV and AIDS prevention and care is one of the most complex and demanding fields of practice in the profession today.

Social Work with HIV and AIDS: A Case-Based Guide is a first-of-its-kind book written by social workers experienced in working with this diverse group. The book explains the history of social work during that AIDS epidemic, examines the different populations affected by the disease, and covers the wide range of practice and policy issues involving people living with HIV and AIDS. The text deals frankly with the difficult issues associated with HIV and AIDS-race, sexuality, religion, sexual practice, and drug use-so social workers are fully prepared for the work ahead of them. The in-depth exploration of overlooked areas of practice such as conducting sexual assessments, educating clients on the medical aspects of HIV/AIDS, and engaging African American faith communities for prevention and treatment makes this an immensely useful book.

This book is appropriate as an introduction for social work students, medical social workers, and general practitioners with no prior experience in HIV and AIDS care. Each chapter includes HIV/AIDS case studies that make the content come to life for readers. This book is the comprehensive guide that social workers need!


  • In-depth explorations of frequently overlooked areas including conducting sexual assessments, educating clients on the medical aspects of HIV/AIDS, and engaging African American faith communities for prevention and treatment efforts
  • Illustrative case studies drawn from real-life practice experiences
  • Reflection questions and discussion prompts
  • Up-to-date material on changes in AIDS policy

About the Author(s)

Diana Rowan (MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University at San Antonio, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) is assistant professor of social work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is an experienced psychotherapist in multiple areas of practice including HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, sexual therapy, and Christian counseling. In January of 2012 Rowan was appointed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Minority AIDS Research Initiative (MARI) principal investigator for a study on HIV prevention using social media to reach young black men who have sex with men.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Thirty Years of Social Work with HIV
    1. Social Work Practice with HIV and AIDS: The Current Landscape, Diana Rowan
    2. A Conversation with Alan Rice: Reflections on Twenty-Eight Years as an AIDS Social Worker, Diana Rowan and Alan Rice
    3. Seasons of Change : Exploring the Future for HIV/AIDS Social Work, Michele Rountree, Marsha Zibalese-Crawford, and Maestro Evans
    Part II: Specific Population Groups
    4. The Growing Impact of HIV among African Americans, Michele Rountree and Meredith Bagwell
    5. Culturally Competent Social Work Practice with Latinos with HIV, Diana Rowan
    6. HIV/AIDS: Introduction to Prevention for Men Who Have Sex with Men, Jeff Driskell
    7. Social Work with At-Risk Adolescents and Young Adults: HIV Prevention and Care, Diana Rowan and Rebecca Stamler
    8. Over Fifty and Living with HIV, Susan Grettenberger and Mary Boudreau
    9. HIV-Affected Populations: A Ripple Effect, Kimi Fey Powers and Diana Rowan
    Part III: Practice Responses
    10. HIV Case Management: The Hub of Service Provision, Kevin Edwards and Diana Rowan
    11. Understanding HIV and AIDS Medical Care: A Primer for Social Workers, Diana Rowan and Lamont Holley
    12. Sex, Drugs, and HIV, Diana Rowan and Lamont Holley
    13. The Adherence Conundrum , Lisa Cox
    14. Spirituality and People Living with HIV, Mary Boudreau and Susan Grettenberger
    15. HIV and AIDS in the African-American Community: Mobilizing the Black Faith Community, Diana Rowan and Ayana Simon
    Part IV: Policy Responses
    16. Housing for People Living with HIV and AIDS, Russell L. Bennett and Terry W. Ellington
    17. U.S. AIDS Policy: The Shifting Landscape, Randall H. Russell and Diana Rowan
    Timeline: HIV, AIDS, and Social Work

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