by Kathy S. Stolley and John E. Glass
August 2009, 241pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34421-3
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In December 2008, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that approximately 1.1 million persons are living with HIV in the United States. This number is expected to continue to increase as antiretroviral treatments prolong lives and more people become infected than die from the disease each year. As the number of people living with HIV grows, so does the opportunity for HIV transmission.

The history, symptoms, prevention, and current issues surrounding HIV and AIDS are discussed, along with a focus on special populations struggling with the disease.

Once thought to be a disease of homosexuals and drug abusers, AIDS has now impacted people across cultures, genders, and sexual orientations. Despite activism, new research, and treatments, many people are still dying from this disease. HIV/AIDS offers a comprehensive, one-volume resource that traces the history of the disease, and discusses prevention, along with current research and treatment. It examines issues such as care giving, health care settings, human rights, pregnancy, and insurance.

The incidence and prognosis for the disease among special populations, as well as their needs and struggles, are covered in detail. These groups include: drug and alcohol abusers, the gay and lesbian community, minority communities, pediatric patients, prisoners, senior citizens, and women. With education the key to both prevention and care of those infected, this volume is an invaluable resource for students and general readers.


  • 10 illustrations


"Stolley (sociology and women’s and gender studies, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk) and Glass (sociology, Collin County Community College, Texas) contribute a volume on the retroviral disease to the series providing general readers and non-specialist students a basic foundation in topics and issues in medicine and health. After summarizing the current medical, epidemiological, and public health perspectives on HIV/AIDS, they discuss such issues as policy responses popular culture, adolescents and young adults, drug users, and prisons. A chronology appears in a final section along with texts of some primary documents and a directory of organizations."—SciTech Book News, December 1, 2009

"While tomes on HIV/AIDS abound, what sets this one apart is its clear and very accessible language. HIV/AIDS is appropriate and highly recommended for public libraries and undergraduate academic collections."—ARBAonline, October 1, 2009

"This volume is suitable for students and general readers who need a basic understanding of HIV/AIDS. . . Recommended. First-year undergraduate students and laypersons."—Choice, February 1, 2010

"Students will find the comprehensive coverage of HIV/AIDS extremely useful for research or for understanding the issue beyond the introductory level. In addition to the standard information one would expect, the text offers interesting surprises, such as the chapter devoted to HIV/AIDS as it is presented in popular culture and a study of urban myths and their ability to skew society’s perception of the disease. . . . This definitive guide for one of the most controversial medical issues of today and its extensive reference section will encourage further reading and research."—VOYA, April 1, 2010

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The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
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