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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book is an examination of the psychological and public health implications of the more effective HIV therapies that have emerged in the mid- and late-1990s. This volume is part of an extensive, nine title series on AIDS prevention and mental health.
Purpose: Many social, psychological, and behavioral issues have accompanied recent therapeutic advances that have changed AIDS from a condition associated with certain death to a chronic disease. The editors of this book set out to examine those implications and to present relevant research findings. They use multiple contributors, virtually all of whom are accomplished researchers in these fields.
Audience: Researchers will find these topics to be timely and interesting, as will health and non-health personnel working in HIV prevention and control programs. Public health students and students in other graduate level programs in the behavioral sciences are another likely audience.
Features: Major topics addressed in the book include the genesis and pharmacokinetics of new treatment modalities for HIV, treatment adherence, economic considerations, ethical issues, mental health implications, and practical prevention issues. Especially well covered are the economic, ethical, and prevention chapters. With multiple contributors, there is some unevenness across chapters.
Assessment: This is a very solid contribution to the literature. A variety of non-clinical impacts of more effective HIV treatment regimens are explored. This volume fits very nicely with the others in this excellent series on AIDS prevention and mental health.