sci162r1_Appendix_G week 7Erica

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Axia College Material Appendix G Case Study: Gayle and Patrick Read the following case study about Gayle and Patrick. You may also click on the Audio: Thinking It Over if you prefer to listen to the case study. After reviewing the case study, answer the questions on below. Gayle and Patrick have been in a monogamous marriage for seven years. During a medical checkup, Gayle finds that she is HIV positive. Because she has not been sexually active outside her marriage and has never injected drugs, received a blood transfusion, or been hospitalized, she is quite certain that Patrick must have infected her. When she calls the local health clinic to discover if Patrick has been tested for HIV, they tell her that this information is confidential. She does not want to confront Patrick for fear that he may not be infected and she will have to explain her own infection. Audio: Thinking It Over This is a difficult situation for Gayle to find herself in. She has to deal with two very large issues — she's infected with a life-threatening virus and she's living with doubt and fear about her partner. Since she's quite certain he transmitted the virus to her, he most likely is infected. How did he become infected? In what behavior did he participate that put him at risk, and eventually put her at risk as well? Why didn't he tell her about it? Why didn't he have himself tested to make sure he was HIV-free? Most people in such cases would be angry with their partners. But Gayle is holding out that there's a possibility that Patrick isn't infected. Now she has to deal with the issue of disclosing this news to Patrick and confronting him with the questions. This is not something she needs to be dealing with right now. What could Patrick and Gayle have done to ensure each other's safety? What would have been the responsible thing to do? 1. What do you think Gayle should do? I think that Gayle should talk to Patrick about it despite her fears. Gayle should write down what she wants to say and make sure that it is not accusatory or blaming. When Gayle feels that she has everything written down and it is emotionally ready to talk to Patrick, she needs should do so. First tell him what she found out, then tell him she is not sure how this occurred because she has been very cautious and faithful. Ask Patrick if there is anything he can think of that may have been done to put him at risk. Then ask him to get tested, to see if he has the disease. 2. What might you do in a similar situation? I myself have been married for seven years. I have never strayed and neither has my husband. But if I were to pretend that it was us in this situation. I would talk to my spouse about it SCI/162
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I just know that if it was me in this situation, I would not want to jump to any conclusions. I would want solid evidence first. I too would want to wait to talk to my spouse until I was emotionally ready. I feel that if I was not ready, I may say things that I do not mean that may be very hurtful
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course SCI 162 taught by Professor Ebonywardlaw during the Fall '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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