Risky Times; How to Be AIDS-Smart and Stay Healthy; A Guide for Teenagers

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KNOW THE FACTS, NOT THE MYTHS

Can you get AIDS from a mosquito bite? From a sneeze? From a kiss? From sharing a needle to pierce your ears or having sex just once?

In this understanding and trustworthy guide, Jeanne Blake answers the most often asked questions:

· What are the symptoms of AIDS?

· Do I need to worry about AIDS if I'm not gay? If I don't take drugs?

· How is HIV transmitted?

· What does a positive test result mean?

· When will ...

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KNOW THE FACTS, NOT THE MYTHS

Can you get AIDS from a mosquito bite? From a sneeze? From a kiss? From sharing a needle to pierce your ears or having sex just once?

In this understanding and trustworthy guide, Jeanne Blake answers the most often asked questions:

· What are the symptoms of AIDS?

· Do I need to worry about AIDS if I'm not gay? If I don't take drugs?

· How is HIV transmitted?

· What does a positive test result mean?

· When will there be a cure for AIDS?

"In most cases, AIDS can be avoided, and education is the best way to do that. RISKY TIMES, by providing clear, straightforward, scientifically accurate information . . . is a book that can save your life." -From the Introduction by Jerome Groopman, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Jeanne Blake is an award-winning medical reporter in Boston. She wrote RISKY TIMES with the help of six high-school students from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Explores the issue of AIDS, discussing such aspects as sex, condom use, peer pressure, drug use, and decision making.

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A fast-paced, celebrity-sprinkled, easy-to-absorb, chatty introduction to AIDS for those contemplating risky behavior. Blake emphasizes compassion for sufferers, and includes touching stories of persons with AIDS (PWAs), most of whom are attractive young people who wish they had listened to the warnings. Celebrities such as Whitney Houston endorse safe sex practices or urge sympathy for PWAs. Profiled also are young people without the virus who have helped to raise money or support AIDS-related projects. There are some practical techniques (how to talk about condoms with partners, how parents can talk to teens about AIDS). There is little scientific analysis, but a few newer medical findings are revealed. This is similar to You Can Do Something About AIDS (Stop AIDS Project, 1988). A better title is Karen Hein's AIDS: Trading Fears for Facts (Consumers Union, 1989); both the Blake and Hein titles are devoid of detailed information on the reproductive system but each has touching case histories of AIDS sufferers who contracted the virus in a variety of ways. Another good title is Elaine Landau's We Have AIDS (Watts, 1990); but of all of these, none surpass in style, thoroughness, and readability Lynda Madaras Talks to Teens About AIDS (Newmarket, 1988). --Anne Osborn, Youth Training School, Dept. of Youth Authority, Ontario, CA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780894806568
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jeanne Blake is the Science and Medical Editor for WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been honored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association for her "significant contributions of public service in behalf of public health."
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CONTENTS

AUTHOR'S NOTE

INTRODUCTION

A LETTER FROM SIX TEENAGERS

CHAPTER ONE: DENIAL

CHAPTER TWO: WHAT IS AIDS

CHAPTER THREE: HOW YOU CAN AND CAN'T GET INFECTED

CHAPTER FOUR: CONDOMS

CHAPTER FIVE: DECISIONS

CHAPTER SIX: DRUGS AND THE RISKS OF AIDS

CHAPTER SEVEN: A BAD WAY TO DIE

CHAPTER EIGHT: QUESTIONS

CHAPTER NINE: VACCINES AND TREATMENTS

CHAPTER TEN: TESTING

CHAPTER ELEVEN: DISCRIMINATION

CHAPTER TWELVE: WHAT YOU CAN DO

INFORMATION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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