Family Unity Camping Weekend: Dreams Come True for HIV-Affected Families

  • Susan Taylor-Brown Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Anyone who has spent time working with HIV-affected families has stories to tell about the families' courageous efforts to stay the course while confronting a stigmatized, life-threatening illness in one or more family members. While HIV disease is becoming a chronic disease as a result of medical breakthroughs, many families are still experiencing catastrophic loss due to HIV. These ongoing, multiple losses are difficult for families and providers alike. This narrative is about a family camping experience for HIV-affected families. This experience provided family members and the professionals working with them a renewed zest for the challenges of living with HIV and an impetus to seize the moment.

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