Teenagers, HIV, and AIDS: Insights from Youths Living with the Virus

Overview

Who will want me now? It's a heart-wrenching question that comes to mind for teen-agers infected with HIV. And the number of infected teen-agers is increasing. Each year in the United States alone, some 1,700 more young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with the ravaging end result of this infection - AIDS. Nearly 35,000 teenagers in total now have AIDS in this country. Far more have been diagnosed with HIV; an undetermined number have it and do not yet know. Worldwide among the 37 million known to be ...

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Overview

Who will want me now? It's a heart-wrenching question that comes to mind for teen-agers infected with HIV. And the number of infected teen-agers is increasing. Each year in the United States alone, some 1,700 more young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with the ravaging end result of this infection - AIDS. Nearly 35,000 teenagers in total now have AIDS in this country. Far more have been diagnosed with HIV; an undetermined number have it and do not yet know. Worldwide among the 37 million known to be HIV-infected, about half of the people became infected sexually before their 25th birthday. In this volume, experts who work daily with HIV-infected teenagers reveal for us the psychological and social fallout, in addition to current medical issues, that face adolescents who've received the diagnosis. Readers share the challenge with teens as they face the stigma and tough decisions about who and when to tell of their infection. We learn the hard truth about health care, self care and new treatment options for affected teens, and also some of the end of life care issues for adolescents. And we are given insight to what family, friends, teachers and other professionals can do to help deal with the disease and maximize their quality of life, as well as their mental health. Also included is an appendix on where to find further information and support.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Information on disease transmission, course, and treatment is interspersed with adolescents' accounts of their experiences and related emotional and spiritual issues. One girl poignantly calls HIV her ticket to freedom from being repeatedly molested."

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SciTech Book News

"Beginning with a well-documented chapter by Audrey Smith Rogers on the staggering statistics of the increasing infection rate among youths, readers are guided through the mechanics of HIV transmission during adolescence. Rogers explains that HIV-infected youths differ from adults in the pathways to infection, the clinical course of the disease, and the large number of services that compose the effective, comprehensive treatment service plan. Ignorance of the means of transmission and the widespread myths that permeate the teens' social environment compound the problem for adolescents who have been seriously neglected in the typical health care programs. Rogers's portrayals are perceptive, well explained, and beautifully illustrated. The information provided will serve teens, their families, and professionals who work with both….This text is a must read for all who deal with the health and social problems of adolescents."

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Psyccritiques

"Everyone who cares about children should read this book. The editors provide startling statistics regarding the epidemic of AIDS in children and adolescents in the US. More importantly, they offer crucial information about AIDS regarding health care, psychological, and social issues affecting youths who are HIV-positive and the multiple new treatment options available today. The book's main purpose is to educate people so that they understand that HIV is a chronic illness that can be managed; HIV-positive people can lead full, happy lives….[t]his is a good book on the status of HIV and AIDS. It is also an excellent source for consultants and Web sites that may be helpful in answering questions or assisting with program development in this area. Recommended. All levels."

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Choice

"The reader will leave with an intimate understanding of the population and a broad perspective on the issues that will arise over time. Given that the authors are the leaders in the field of adolescent HIV, the book highlights the needs for the field to generate an innovative, integrated, robust response to the challenges faced by young persons affected by HIV."

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Journal of the American Medical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275988920
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,074,511
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MAUREEN E. LYON is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Research Professor in Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical Center, in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, D.C. She holds a Diplomate in Health Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

LAWRENCE J. D'ANGELO, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Health Care Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. D'Angelo is also a Professor of Prevention and Community Health and Edpidemiology at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    My New Life Lesson.

    Hey my name is Lasondra Knowlton and this my review on 'Teenagers Hiv and Aids'. This book could and can help lots of Black African Americans if they just stop and read. But as we all know young Black Afrian Americans have this type of mind that if you don't their friends are not doing it it's not cool. Well living with and dying of Hiv or Aids isn't either. I am only 15 years old and am scared for my life but why should I be scared. If I protect myself I Have nothing to worry about.

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