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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: About This Book
1. When First Diagnosed: Understanding and Communicating about HIV
2. Preventing Transmission of HIV Infection: Understanding How HIV Is Spread
3. HIV Infection and Its Treatment
4. HIV Infection and Its Effects on the Emotions
5. HIV Infection and Its Effects on Interpersonal Relations
6. The Complications of HIV Infection and Their Treatment
7. Options for Medical Care: Medical Personnel and Procedures
8. Traditional Medicine
9. Practical Matters: Making Legal, Financial, and Medical Decisions
10. On Dying: Preparing for and Accepting Death
11. On Living: Tactics for Preserving Mental Health
12. What's Ahead
A. Resources: Where to Go for Help
B. Understanding Tests for HIV