AIDS: Trading Fears for Facts: A Guide for Young People

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Knowing the facts will not change the realities of HIV and AIDS. But it will help you live your life with an understanding of how much you should worry about HIV and AIDS. A lot or a little - depending on the choices you make. This book gives you the facts about HIV and AIDS; how you can - and can't - get HIV and AIDS; safer sexual practices, and what kinds of sexual contact to avoid; the connection between drug use and HIV; how to get tested for HIV - confidentially; and where to go and whom to call for answers ...
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Overview

Knowing the facts will not change the realities of HIV and AIDS. But it will help you live your life with an understanding of how much you should worry about HIV and AIDS. A lot or a little - depending on the choices you make. This book gives you the facts about HIV and AIDS; how you can - and can't - get HIV and AIDS; safer sexual practices, and what kinds of sexual contact to avoid; the connection between drug use and HIV; how to get tested for HIV - confidentially; and where to go and whom to call for answers to personal questions.

Explains how the AIDS virus can affect the body, describes how it is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and gives the symptoms of the disease.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890434819
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 13 years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Story of AIDS Is Not a Movie 1
1 The Facts About AIDS 5
What Is AIDS? 6
All About Viruses 9
Signs and Symptoms 11
The Ways You Can Get HIV 15
The Ways You Can't Get HIV 20
If HIV Is Hard to Get, What's the Big Deal? 24
2 HIV and Sex 33
How HIV Spreads Through Sexual Intercourse 34
Safe-Sex Practices: Outercourse 37
Safer-Sex Guidelines 40
3 HIV and Drugs 65
How HIV Spreads Through Intravenous Drug Use 66
Prevention of HIV 73
4 HIV Testing 83
The Tests 84
Getting the HIV Test 86
Limitations of the HIV Test 88
Mandatory HIV Testing 90
Routine HIV Testing 94
Should You Be Tested? 96
Gathering Information About Testing 102
If You Decide Not to Be Tested 105
If You Decide to Be Tested 106
5 After the HIV Test - Then What? 107
Negative Test Results 108
Positive Test Results 110
Guidelines for People with HIV 111
6 Treatment 129
HIV Is Difficult to Treat 130
Medical Treatments Being Developed 131
Available Treatments 136
Psychological Problems of People with HIV or AIDS 140
Psychological Problems of Uninfected People 142
Nutritional Care 144
Social Support 145
Unproven Treatments 147
7 HIV in the Future 151
Predictions 152
Testing 152
Medical Treatments 153
Hospitals 155
Other Care Facilities 157
Spreading the Facts, Not the Fears, About the AIDS Virus 160
Call for Help: A Resource Guide 169
Hotline Phone Numbers 170
National HIV/AIDS Hotlines 171
Other Selected HIV/AIDS Hotlines 174
State-by-State - HIV/AIDS Hotlines 176
Service Agencies 178
Canadian Resources 212
Help for Runaway and Homeless Teens 212
Adolescent Clinical Drug Trials 214
Foundations 216
Government Agencies 218
National Organizations Serving Youth 220
Glossary 222
Index 228
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