The first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in 1981 (CDC, 2011). Over the past 30 years, society has witnessed many advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, leading to significant control of this epidemic (CDC, 2011). Despite these successes, HIV/AIDS remains a significant public health issue in the United States.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Consider the overall burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Think about the contributions that medical social workers have made to the prevention of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
In a 3- to 4-page paper:
Briefly explain how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has changed since it first emerged in 1981.
Explain how the roles of medical social workers have evolved over the course of the epidemic. Select one specific milestone and elaborate the roles of medical social workers.
Explain the profession’s ongoing advocacy and support to the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Explain the challenges the profession has been facing and anticipates facing when dealing with HIV/AIDS patients. Provide specific examples.
Support your Assignment with specific references to resources, using appropriate APA format and style. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the resources for this course.
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