Teenagers, Hiv, And Aids: Insights From Youths Living With The Virus

Hardcover | September 1, 2006

byMaureen E. Lyon

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Who will want me now? It's a heart-wrenching question for teenagers infected with HIV. The number of HIV/AIDS-infected teenagers in the United States is increasing. Nearly 35,000 U.S. teenagers now have AIDS. Far more have been diagnosed with HIV, and an undetermined number have the virus and do not yet know. Each year, some 1,700 young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with the ravaging end result of this infection: AIDS. In this volume, experts who work with HIV/AIDS-infected teenagers examine the psychological and social fallout compounding the frightening medical issues faced by adolescents who've received the diagnosis. Readers share the challenge with teens as they face the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the tough decisions about who to tell of their infection and when to do it. We learn the hard truth about health care, self care, and new treatment options for affected teens. And we read about the heartbreaking end-of-life care issues for dying adolescents. Perhaps most important, the authors offer resources teens and their families can turn to for information and support. And they explain what family, friends, teachers, and other professionals can do to help infected teens maximize their mental health and their quality of life.

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Who will want me now? It's a heart-wrenching question for teenagers infected with HIV. The number of HIV/AIDS-infected teenagers in the United States is increasing. Nearly 35,000 U.S. teenagers now have AIDS. Far more have been diagnosed with HIV, and an undetermined number have the virus and do not yet know. Each year, some 1,700 youn...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275988929

ISBN - 13:9780275988920

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"Teenagers, HIV and AIDS is an extraordinary collaboration among scientists, clinicians and teenagers. This book blends a clear and authoritative update on the biology, psychology, prevention and treatment of HIV infection with the experiences of teens, told in their own voices, who are coping with infection. There is no other book in the field of HIV infection, and precious few in al of medicine, that encourages patients to speak to us about their experience of the illnesses we treat. In over forty years of practice and research, I have never read a book that combines so well the voices of patients with thoughtful updates on research and practice. Thus, the clinical science summarized in Teenagers, HIV and AIDS is firmly grounded in the patients' needs as well as their aspirations. This exceptional anchoring of science to the lives of patients makes the book essential reading for clinical researchers, clinicians and educators as well as patients and families."-David Reiss, MD Vivian Gill Distinguished Professor George Washington University School of Medicine