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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Javier Flores II, BS (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book offers a perceptive view of the propagation of HIV/AIDS among the prison populations and provides a distinctive source for the development and implementation of culturally sensitive educational and preventive programs.
Purpose: According to the author, the purposes are to stimulate discussion on strategies and models for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, to report the nature and extent of HIV/AIDS, and to recognize areas for future research and development on HIV/AIDS in a prison setting, as well as to present intervention strategies from a public health view and to gain knowledge on policy issues that should be considered by correctional administrators and public policymakers. These are worthy objectives because we need to know the extent of, and the method to prevent the proliferation of, this disease in prison; both are carefully addressed and outlined in a convenient fashion throughout the book.
Audience: The book is written for policymakers, researchers, educators, health and human service providers, and administrators of correctional institutions and community-based organizations. Its authors are credible authorities on the subject matter; Dr. Braithwaite has done evaluation and development of HIV/AIDS programs; Dr. Hammett has a myriad of published articles on HIV/AIDS; and Dr. Mayberry has worked on the evaluation of preventive programs for minorities.
Features: The illustrations in this book are sharp, defined, and profound. The currency and pertinence of the references are commendable; highly recognized journals, books, and publications are used. The index is beneficial; it categorizes the subjects accordingly. In addition, this book provides a guide to education, prevention, resources and programs.
Assessment: This book is an excellent resource. It delineates the necessary steps to develop and implement educational and preventive programs that are culturally sensitive. It provides the necessary criteria for allowing one to make educated decisions regarding this public health concern. This book is highly recommended for libraries and individuals who are in the field of HIV/AIDS and are developing, implementing, or evaluating a prevention program.