The history, symptoms, prevention, and current issues surrounding HIV and AIDS are discussed, along with a focus on special
populations struggling with the disease.
Once thought to be a disease of homosexuals and drug abusers, AIDS has
now impacted people across cultures, genders, and sexual orientations. Despite activism, new research, and treatments, many
people are still dying from this disease. HIV/AIDS offers a comprehensive, one-volume resource that traces the history of
the disease, and discusses prevention, along with current research and treatment. It examines issues such as care giving,
health care settings, human rights, pregnancy, and insurance.
The incidence and prognosis for the
disease among special populations, as well as their needs and struggles, are covered in detail. These groups include: drug
and alcohol abusers, the gay and lesbian community, minority communities, pediatric patients, prisoners, senior citizens,
and women. With education the key to both prevention and care of those infected, this volume is an invaluable resource for
students and general readers.