Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide

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This helpful guide offers a wealth of information for individuals that have been diagnosed with HIV and for people caring for HIV positive friends and loved ones. It covers the entire HIV lifespan, from prevention to diagnosis and beyond. Valuable tips help the reader make the best decision when choosing a doctor, finding and adhering to the right medication regimen, and, if necessary, making end-life plans. All aspects of HIV/AIDS are discussed, including opportunistic and associated infections, dental care, ...

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Overview

This helpful guide offers a wealth of information for individuals that have been diagnosed with HIV and for people caring for HIV positive friends and loved ones. It covers the entire HIV lifespan, from prevention to diagnosis and beyond. Valuable tips help the reader make the best decision when choosing a doctor, finding and adhering to the right medication regimen, and, if necessary, making end-life plans. All aspects of HIV/AIDS are discussed, including opportunistic and associated infections, dental care, exercise and nutrition, substance use and abuse, and emotional treatment.

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Library Journal
Cichocki, an HIV/AIDS registered nurse, uses his training and experience caring for patients to provide a resource for HIV-infected patients and their family members, friends, and caregivers. Cichocki provides a succinct basic overview of the history of HIV/AIDS and of the HIV life cycle. The content is easy to understand, and complicated medical concepts and jargon are explained. Cichocki also provides an overview of treatment options, explanations of the various opportunistic infections, and information on treating the "whole person" and living with HIV. VERDICT Newly diagnosed patients will find this an excellent book for learning more about HIV, and others will find it a great reference work. A resource list of HIV hotlines, support groups, and organizations would have added more value to the book, but overall it is a valuable guide for HIV/AIDS patients. Highly recommended.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs. & Health Syst., Richmond
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This handbook is intended as a guide for patients who have been recently diagnosed with HIV. It opens with an introduction and a brief history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and continues with chapters on prevention and testing, choosing a healthcare provider, medications, opportunistic infections, dental care, general wellness, and more. By far the most useful chapters are the ones dealing with medications and opportunistic infections. Though clearly written, the book suffers from repetition in several places of almost verbatim text, as well as an overly political view of the subject matter, as when Cichocki attacks certain political figures for their lack of action at a time when few yet understood the scope of the disease. Also, although the introduction states that the title's intended audience is HIV-positive patients, there are many occasions when it digresses into general information that is available elsewhere.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439218
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Series: McFarland Health Topics
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 816,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Cichocki, RN, is an HIV/AIDS registered nurse and educator at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Why Is This Book Needed? 1

1 The History of HIV and AIDS 5

2 HIV Prevention and Testing 19

3 HIV 101 ... The Basics 34

4 The Test Is Positive ... Now What? 43

5 Your First Visit to the Doctor 58

6 Monitoring Your Health 65

7 Know Your HIV Medications 79

8 Opportunistic Infections 102

9 Associated Conditions 119

10 Treating the Whole Person 141

11 Substance Use and Abuse 159

12 Dental Care 179

13 Exercise and Nutrition 193

14 Living with HIV 213

Bibliography 239

Index 245

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