E3S Web Conf.
Volume 125, 2019The 4th International Conference on Energy, Environment, Epidemiology and Information System (ICENIS 2019)
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|Published online||28 October 2019|
Reflectivity of HIV/AIDS Survivors as Risk Society in Dealing with Medical Risk
1 Department of Sociology, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia
2 Department of Public Health, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia
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People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are associated with death, but this study disagrees with such social construction. This qualitative research with phenomenological approach aimed to analyze the reflectivity of HIV/AIDS survivors in dealing with medical risk in Surakarta, Indonesia, using observation, in-depth interview, medical record, and viral load test and supported with information obtained from the informants analyzed using Beck’s risk society theory. Result showed HIV/AIDS survivors undertook a healthy life and kept surviving because they performed reflexive modernization on medical risk. Some PLWHAs encountered side effects of ARV therapy. CD4 level of 50/ml led to blackish skin and itchiness, but after 3-month ARV therapy, the blackish skin disappeared. Some PLWHAs always developed morning sickness, itchiness and skin reddishness due to abacavir consumption. To avoid it, they consume liquid food like juice or milk. Steve-Johnson’s Syndrome occurred in the first week during ARV consumption on average. Opened communication, information, and nutrition counseling are very desirable. ARV schedule should be complied with, because ARV incompliance can suppress viral load and increase ARV resistance. Routine HIV test and ARV compliance can improve body immune system thereby making HIV/AIDS status undetected.
Key words: PLWHA / reflexive modernization / risk society / improved CD4
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