Living Well with HIV and AIDS / Edition 3

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Overview

Based on the current care guidelines from the CDC and elsewhere, this book addresses the current emphasis on managing the side effects of HIV/AIDS such as lypodystrophy, redistribution of body fat, cardiac risks, and vulnerability to other ailments. Combining the latest medical advice with the ideas of hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS, the book is particularly helpful for friends, family members, and others who make up the support network for anyone struggling with HIV/AIDS.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A cross between a self-help motivational discourse and an easy-to-follow health manual, this book offers invaluable advice."  —Publishers Weekly

"The focus is not on what is wrong, but on how to keep things as right as possible."  —Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A cross between a self-help motivational discourse and an easy-to-follow health manual, this book offers invaluable advice to those entering the territory of AIDS. While the approach here is by no means a comprehensive look at the problems of living with HIV, the authors (a doctor at UC/San Diego and three health professionals affiliated with Stanford University Patient Education Research Center) provide practical suggestions to make living with the illness more bearable. The prose is straightforward, sometimes to the point of dullness, but the overall businesslike approach serves to simplify the translation of complicated medical information into easy-to-follow, step-by-step charts. The simple language diminishes confusion and does much to relieve the sense of helplessness that the disease often precipitates. The authors offer advice on everything from stress and pain management to coughs and doctors. Most useful are Part 2, "Managing Symptoms," with charts on when to seek medical help, and Part 4, "Managing Health Care," with suggestions for communicating clearly with doctors and pharmacists. Suggested reading lists and legal information about such matters as durable power of attorney for health care are a vital part of this HIV/AIDS program in which readers are urged to become active managers of their own health care. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Like Mark de Solla's Living Positively in a World with HIV/AIDS (LJ 4/15/95) and John Bartlett and Ann Finkbeiner's The Guide to Living with HIV Infection (LJ 11/15/93), this is an extremely useful guide that allows the user to maintain control over his or her life for as long as possible. The focus is not on what is wrong but on how to keep things as right as possible. Gifford (Univ. of California, San Diego Sch. of Medicine) and his coauthors cover the medical life span from HIV infection to clinical AIDs and deatha long road for most people, averaging of over ten years. Coverage includes detecting and managing symptoms, exercising, healthy eating, communicating, managing healthcare, medications, and planning for the future. Some parts are very detailed, while others may appear simplistic (the section on how to relax or how to make your bed, for example), but for people with any physical restriction, these are real issues needing real solutions. Recommended for public libraries and public health resource centers.Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780923521868
  • Publisher: Bull Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 327
  • Sales rank: 333,774
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen L. Gifford, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California–San Diego and at the San Diego Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. He was an AIDS physician at the University of California–San Francisco from 1992 to 1995. Kate Lorig, RN, Dr.PH, is on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and is a director of the Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Center. Diana Laurent, MPH, is a health educator and study coordinator at Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Center. Virginia Gonzalez, MPH, is a health educator and study coordinator at Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Center.

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