AIDS: What Does It Mean to You

AIDS: What Does It Mean to You

by Margaret O. Hyde, Elizabeth Held Forsyth

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-The authors have updated a title now in its fifth edition. This revision offers much more detailed information on the processes of infection and progress of the disease within the body than the previous edition. However, after stating that AIDS is a danger to the general public, the authors seem to minimize that danger. In relating a story of a peer-support system sponsored by the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the authors write, "Bob reminded Stewart that lifestyles do not cause disease, germs do." This is after a series of warnings about the necessity for lifestyle changes! Readers may question the authors' statement that "AIDS has helped many people to be more accepting of homosexuality...if it had not been for AIDS, many schools would not have introduced discussion of sexual orientation in sex education programs." No evidence is presented that shows a cause-and-effect relationship between the two parts of this statement. However, this volume is valuable for its statistics; its chapters on the history of the epidemic here and abroad; and for its coverage of social aspects, such as care of children of HIV parents, child AIDS victims; and the response of hospitals and other health facilities. The earlier edition is still useful. Karen Manning's AIDS (21st Century, 1995) emphasizes the social aspects of the disease.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Library, NY

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