Synopsis by Alice Day
When a person receives a diagnosis of AIDS, the shock of the news can be overwhelming and too much to bear alone. In this program aimed at mental health care workers, the emphasis is on the correct approach to patients who may experience a number of responses to the fact that they are HIV-positive. In The Buffer Zone -- The Mental Health Professional in the AIDS Epidemic, methods for counseling patients at a time of great vulnerability are outlined. The importance of confidentiality and informed support are stressed, with a neutral attitude regarding individual lifestyles.