A Woman's Guide to Living with HIV Infection

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Written by three experts with extensive experience helping people with HIV/AIDS, A Woman's Guide to Living with HIV Infection is a medically informational, comprehensive, and deeply compassionate resource for women with HIV and their families and friends. While addressing the entire range of health and emotional issues faced by people with HIV, the authors cover topics of special interest to women—gynecologic disorders, reproductive choices, contraception, and pregnancy.

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Overview

Written by three experts with extensive experience helping people with HIV/AIDS, A Woman's Guide to Living with HIV Infection is a medically informational, comprehensive, and deeply compassionate resource for women with HIV and their families and friends. While addressing the entire range of health and emotional issues faced by people with HIV, the authors cover topics of special interest to women—gynecologic disorders, reproductive choices, contraception, and pregnancy.

The authors offer clear advice on these and other crucial topics:

•Testing for HIV and coping with the diagnosis•Finding a physician and preparing for the first visit•Recognizing symptoms and preventing complications•Understanding the latest treatment options, including new medical research and clinical trials•Coping with gynecological infections and STDs•Considering pregnancy and birth control•Assuring breast, bone, and heart health•Treating drug and alcohol dependence•Dealing with partner violence and abuse

Also included are lists of recommended books, support groups, Web sites, and other resources for people with HIV. The practical advice in this book can help the thousands of women diagnosed with HIV every year lead to fuller and healthier lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Medical Library Association
A clearly written, comforting guide for women newly diagnosed with HIV... The authors address a comprehensive range of health, therapeutic, emotional and financial issues facing those with HIV, with chapters focusing on specific concerns to women, including gynecologic disorders, menstruation, pregnancy and domestic violence.

— Cara Helfner

New York Times
Covering the medical, emotional and social issues facing women with HIV infection, the authors' approach is easy to follow: a series of questions at the beginning of each chapter, with key points at the end.

— John Langone

AIDS Book Review Journal
This is by far one of the best guides published for women.
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Comprehensive and up to date... A real strength... is its attention to the nonmedical concerns that can be so easily overlooked.

— Jan M. Driebs

Consumer Connections
A clearly written, comforting guide for women newly diagnosed with HIV... Highly recommended for consumer health collections.

— Cara Helfner

Vancouver Sun
Clear, comprehensive recent information for women with the human immunodeficiency virus.

— Rebecca Wigod

New York Times

Covering the medical, emotional and social issues facing women with HIV infection, the authors' approach is easy to follow: a series of questions at the beginning of each chapter, with key points at the end.

— John Langone

Vancouver Sun

Clear, comprehensive recent information for women with the human immunodeficiency virus.

— Rebecca Wigod

Medical Library Association

A clearly written, comforting guide for women newly diagnosed with HIV... The authors address a comprehensive range of health, therapeutic, emotional and financial issues facing those with HIV, with chapters focusing on specific concerns to women, including gynecologic disorders, menstruation, pregnancy and domestic violence.

— Cara Helfner

AIDS Book Review Journal

This is by far one of the best guides published for women.

Consumer Connections

A clearly written, comforting guide for women newly diagnosed with HIV... Highly recommended for consumer health collections.

— Cara Helfner

Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health

Comprehensive and up to date... A real strength... is its attention to the nonmedical concerns that can be so easily overlooked.

— Jan M. Driebs

Library Journal
Every year thousands of American women are diagnosed with HIV. Currently, a quarter of the 850,000 to 950,000 Americans with HIV or AIDS are women. Internist Clark, obstetrician/gynecologist Robert Maupin, and psychologist Jill Hayes Hammer merge their expert perspectives on living with HIV to produce a comprehensive, practical, yet consultable and reassuring guide. They address a multitude of topics in great detail that relate specifically to women with HIV/AIDS: adjusting to life with HIV; treating symptoms, complications, and the virus itself; sexual, contraceptive, and reproductive issues; and a variety of important related subjects. Appendix 1 is a sample tracking sheet for medications, tests, and vaccinations, and Appendix 2 lists resources for people with HIV. An excellent glossary is also provided. Although other books (e.g., Patricia A. Lather's Troubling the Angels; Dorie J. Gilbert and Ednita M. Wright's African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses) address the issue of women and HIV/AIDS, most offer a sociopolitical perspective and are rather old. This is the most complete and up-to-date consumer guide available. Strongly recommended for all consumer health and most health sciences libraries.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Rebecca A. Clark, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Robert T. Maupin, Jr., M.D., FACOG, is a clinician and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Jill Hayes Hammer, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Women and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic 1
Pt. 1 Adjusting to Life with HIV Infection 7
1 Testing for HIV 9
2 Finding a Primary Care Provider and Preparing for Your Visit 21
3 HIV, the Immune System, and Monitoring Tests 28
Pt. 2 Meeting the Challenge of HIV Infection 39
4 Recognizing Symptoms and Preventing Complications 41
5 Hepatitis and the Liver 60
6 Treatments for HIV 72
Pt. 3 Sexual and Gynecologic Health 101
7 Protecting Yourself and Others 103
8 Gynecologic Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases 112
9 Human Papillomavirus Infections, Genital Warts, and Abnormal Pap Smears 123
Pt. 4 Reproduction 131
10 Considering Pregnancy and Birth Control 133
11 Pregnancy 150
12 Menstrual Periods 163
Pt. 5 Taking Care of Yourself: Special Considerations 175
13 Breast Health, Bone Health, and Heart Health 177
14 Alcohol Dependence, Drug Addiction, and Treatment 187
15 Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse 199
16 Managing Your Feelings 216
17 Chronic Pain, Palliative Care, and Hospice 226
18 Planning for the Future 241
19 Research Studies and Clinical Trials 248
App. 1 Sample Tracking Sheet for Medications, Tests, and Vaccinations 261
App. 2 Resources for People with HIV 262
Glossary 265
Key References 293
Index 303
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