Once infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a person can develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). More than 1 million Americans are infected with HIV/AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 21 percent of them are unaware of it. There is no cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS, but it can be managed through proper medication and a healthy lifestyle. HIV/AIDS describes the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, the newest research in the field, and future prospects for controlling the disease.
Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of a disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.
Table of Contents
Foreword David L. Heymann 7
1 What Are HIV and AIDS? 9
2 The History of HIV/AIDS 24
3 The Biology of HIV/AIDS 36
4 Treatment of HIV/AIDS 54
5 Prevention of HIV/AIDS 69
6 Attempts to Develop a Vaccine for HIV/AIDS 80
7 HIV/AIDS: Future Prospects and Concerns 87
Further Resources 114
About the Author 120
About the Consulting Editor 121