The Guide to Living with HIV Infection: Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic [NOOK Book]

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The Guide to Living with HIV Infection is the most complete source of medical, emotional, social, and practical advice available for those infected with HIV and their loved ones. Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic, the guide provides essential information for making decisions about treatment and testing in a world transformed by new research and pharmacotherapy.

In this thoroughly updated sixth edition, Dr. John Bartlett and Ann K. Finkbeiner address the latest ...

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The Guide to Living with HIV Infection: Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic

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Overview

The Guide to Living with HIV Infection is the most complete source of medical, emotional, social, and practical advice available for those infected with HIV and their loved ones. Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic, the guide provides essential information for making decisions about treatment and testing in a world transformed by new research and pharmacotherapy.

In this thoroughly updated sixth edition, Dr. John Bartlett and Ann K. Finkbeiner address the latest information about risks of transmission, viral mutations that confer drug resistance, and new, rapid, HIV testing. They offer guidelines for Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), a therapy protocol that has dramatically increased life expectancy for HIV-positive people. They describe how to follow HAART and when to change drug regimens, the symptoms of and treatments for HAART side effects, and the costs of and insurance coverage for HAART. They also outline the possibilities for a diagnosis of "no detectable virus."

Accompanied by updated references and resources, the sixth edition of The Guide to Living with HIV Infection offers new hope for people living with a virus that once left no hope at all.

"...helps people live with the emotional & medical problems HIV infection presents...explains how HIV is transmitted, evaluates available treatment & prevention, addresses legal & financial concerns & coping with the emotional effects."

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Editorial Reviews

AIDS Care
An excellent resource for a motivated patient... Written and compiled by people who have genuinely and carefully listened to their patients... An admirable achievement.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Thoughtful and clearly written... [This] is a wonderful addition to the literature on HIV infection and will fill a very special need for many patients, their families and friends, and their providers. I recommend it highly.

— Gerald H. Friedland, M.D.

Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
An excellent source of information for patients.

— Christine Jamjian

Washington Post
The best book I know of for people with HIV infection.

— Jay Siwek, M.D.

New York Times
An excellent resource for people with HIV infection, as well as those who live with or love them.

— Jane E. Brody

Journal of the American Medical Association - Gerald H. Friedland
Thoughtful and clearly written... [This] is a wonderful addition to the literature on HIV infection and will fill a very special need for many patients, their families and friends, and their providers. I recommend it highly.
Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Christine Jamjian
An excellent source of information for patients.
Washington Post - Jay Siwek
The best book I know of for people with HIV infection.
New York Times - Jane E. Brody
An excellent resource for people with HIV infection, as well as those who live with or love them.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mark D. Goodman, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This softbound manual is meant to support and instruct patients living with HIV, as well as their families and loved ones. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is best expressed in the title: it is a guide to LIVING with HIV infection. The book covers the aspects of people's lives that HIV affects — physical, emotional, social, legal, and financial. These are extraordinary objectives, and they are met.
Audience: This is a notable resource and companion for people living with HIV. As a caregiver of patients with HIV, I found I learned something as well. I suspect that I am not the only one to be surprised at the depth of emotional response, financial drain, legal hazards and such that can accompany living with HIV. The authors teach at Johns Hopkins University and are notable authorities in this field.
Features: After a short introduction, the book opens with a chapter on when a patient is first diagnosed that eloquently walks readers through that experience. Subsequent chapters discuss preventing transmission, HIV infection and treatment, effects on emotions, effects on interpersonal relations, complications, making legal and financial decisions, preparing for death, and tactics for preserving mental health and preparing for living. Exhaustive and impressive! What is best about the book is the writing. It is written for lay people, and is clear and mentoring.
Assessment: I loved this book! I strongly encourage all HIV medical caregivers to recommend it to their patients. Thinking back, a book like this would have been a tremendous balm and companion to many of my patients. The new edition is certainly justified, as treatment options and HIV care decisions continue to be refined and illuminated.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801889622
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: sixth edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John G. Bartlett, M.D., is a professor of medicine and director of the AIDS Care Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ann K. Finkbeiner is a science writer who teaches in the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.

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Table of Contents


Contents:



Introduction: About This Book



Chapter 1 When First Diagnosed: Understanding and Communicating about HIV

Chapter 2 Preventing Transmission of HIV Infection: Understanding How HIV Is Spread

Chapter 3 HIV Infection and Its Treatment

Chapter 4 HIV Infection and Its Effects on the Emotions

Chapter 5 HIV Infection and Its Effects on Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 6 The Complications of HIV Infection and Their Treatment

Chapter 7 HIV-Associated Dementia: HIV and the Central Nervous System

Chapter 8 Options for Medical Care: Medical Personnel and Procedures

Chapter 9 Traditional and Alternative Medicine

Chapter 10 Practical Matters: Making Legal, Financial, and Medical Decisions

Chapter 11 On Dying: Preparing for and Accepting Death

Chapter 12 On Living: Tactics for Preserving Mental Health

Chapter 13 What's Ahead



Appendixes



A. Resources: Where to Go for Help

B. Understanding Tests for HIV



Glossary

Acknowledgments

Index

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