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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Wendy Nelson, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on how the AIDS epidemic has impacted women. The book addresses general prevention issues specific to women as well as issues relevant to specific populations, such as adolescents, African-Americans, Latinas, lesbians, drug addicts, and sex workers. There is also a section on women and AIDS in developing countries. This is one of the first books to address issues of primary prevention of AIDS in women.
Purpose: The purpose is twofold: to provide the reader with an understanding of the range of complex issues that impact women living with HIV/AIDS and to address issues of primary prevention in specific subpopulations of women. Given that AIDS is now the fourth leading cause of death among women of childbearing age, and given that AIDS is a preventable disease, this book is both timely and needed.
Audience: The book is intended for clinicians who work with HIV/AIDS patients and for AIDS researchers. Although it is perhaps most suitable for psychologists, it may also be of value to social workers, nurses, physicians, and mental health workers as well as those involved in the areas of substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. Each chapter is written by an expert in that particular subject area.
Features: References provided at the end of each chapter are current and pertinent. Both the table of contents and index are clear and well organized.
Assessment: The book is a useful reference text for clinicians and HIV/AIDS researchers of various disciplines. It would be a valuable addition to medical and social science libraries. By and large, the study of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of women has been sorely neglected. This book is a much needed addition to the relatively scarce literature on primary prevention of HIV/AIDS in women.