Integration of people with HIV/AIDS into social life: HIV/AIDS in Turkey and socio-ethical reflections

Temel M. K., Ertin H.

in: Health, Culture and the Human Body: Epidemiology, Ethics and History of Medicine, Perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe, İlkılıç İ.,Ertin H.,Brömer R.,Zeeb H., Editor, BETİM, İstanbul, pp.365-375, 2014

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Publisher: BETİM
  • City: İstanbul
  • Page Numbers: pp.365-375
  • Editors: İlkılıç İ.,Ertin H.,Brömer R.,Zeeb H., Editor
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


M.E., who became notorious in 1985 as the first HIV case in Turkey, was transferred from the Izmir State Hospital to the Haseki Hospital in 1992 (“Murti” 1992a); when he had died there after nearly one month of treatment, his funeral was to be organized under remarkable circumstances: According to the instructions reported in the newspaper, the dead body of the patient was (first to be washed with 10% sodium hypochlorite; then wrapped in nylon; and (finally placed in a special coffin, which nobody wanted to touch, to be buried in a deep lime pit. The imam was required to wear a medical face mask (“Murti” 1992b). With regard to this extremely cautious funeral reminiscent of nuclear waste disposal, a series of questions could be asked: …