Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyStarting with a history of awareness of AIDS, this volume of the Encyclopedia of Health series takes an investigative tone, tracking the epidemic globally and offering a statistical analysis of cases. The search for cures, the work of the Center for Disease Control, ramifications of AIDS testing programs and material on discrimination and caring for victims are included. This addition to the growing library of AIDS material for teenagers is strongest on epidemiological detective work; the chapter on protecting oneself from the disease is generally good, but occasionally falters in its glibness, such as the author's admonishment to only have sex with ``safe people.'' He does not, however, offer teenagers suggestions as to how they can broach the subject of drug use or sexual histories with potential partners. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)
Children's LiteratureThis compact reference book provides an historical account of early detective work into the nature of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and of the scope of the epidemic. A report about treatments for the disease is couched with optimism about the future in vaccine development and gene research. In presenting broad public health issues, the book touches on the stigma of AIDS, the public's response, the growing activism surrounding it, and changing attitudes toward sex and education. A chapter entitled, "Protecting Yourself," gives cursory facts about the transmission of the HIV virus and concrete advice about prevention. The book might appeal more to teens if it included live quotes about prevention and if critical information was highlighted for easier use. It is a useful adjunct for discussions about AIDS/HIV and is best used in accompaniment with uptodate information about the disease and its treatment since the battle to find a cure is constantly progressing. It contains a glossary, index, information sources, and hot lines, and is part of the "21st Century Health and Wellness" series. 2000 (orig. 1988), Chelsea House, Ages 12 up, $24.95. Reviewer: Elaine Wick
School Library JournalGr 7 Up-A useful guide that introduces different aspects of AIDS. Check begins with a brief introduction to the disease, followed by an outline of its history: when it first appeared, how it was identified, how it grew to epidemic proportions, and its current status. A superficial look at the virus itself is also offered. The differences between HIV and AIDS and their various strains, methods of testing, and the many different types of treatment available are among the topics covered. Public responses are also examined. The social stigmas that have accompanied the disease are discussed, as are the changes that have occurred in societal attitudes toward sexual behavior and sex education. The presentation concludes with a chapter on what individuals can do to protect themselves from AIDS. The writing is dry but concise and straightforward. The information is sensibly organized and easy to access. Black-and-white photographs, charts, and graphs support the text throughout. Directories of organizations to contact for more information and hotlines are appended. This title offers a good, up-to-date overview of the material; students will find it an excellent place to begin research. For more in-depth information, however, they will need to look elsewhere.-Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library
BooknewsThis update of the 1988 volume for young adults now includes protease inhibitors, though an AIDS vaccine remains elusive. Dr. C.E. Koop, the former U.S. Surgeon General, discusses general disease prevention and education in the foreword. Appends resources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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