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Social Work Department of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: HIV/AIDS

 Fonds
Identifier: GD1-85

Scope and Contents

Edinburgh-specific social work related AIDS papers 1985-1993; non-Edinburgh-specific social work related AIDS papers 1984-1997

Dates

  • 1984-1997

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year Scottish closure rules apply

Biographical / Historical

HIV was first introduced into Edinburgh in 1983 and spread rapidly as a result of injection drug users who habitually shared equipment. By 1989 over 1000 HIV infected users had been identified in Edinburgh out of a total of 1700 in Scotland, representing three to four times the worst infection rate measured in England. The epidemic was detected within two years and , as a result, an opportunity arose to develop HIV services prior to the development of HIV-related ill-health/AIDS. A range of local National Health Service, municipal and voluntary institutions and organisations rapidly became involved. These papers were collected by a practising social worker based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Extent

0.12 shelf metres: papers

Arrangement

Chronological within record class

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Geraldine Brown, Social Work Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, September 1999

Accruals

No further accessions are expected
Title
Social Work Department of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: HIV/AIDS

Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
Edinburgh University Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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