AIDS (Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome) is one of the most perplexing health problems confronting everyone today. The Essential AIDS Fact Book
can help you to protect your health now
-- while scientists work toward developing a vaccine and better treatments.
TRANSMISSION ROUTES -- the infection that causes AIDS is transmitted only through the transfer of infected blood or sexual fluids, or from mother to fetus
RISK REDUCTION GUIDELINES -- how to assess the risk of specific sexual activities; how to make your sex life safer, including proper use of condoms; what intravenous drug users should know about AIDS prevention
THE TRUTH ABOUT CASUAL CONTACT -- no danger from ordinary nonsexual contact with infected people, according to scientific studies
ANTIBODY TESTING -- why new developments in treatment mean that all those at significant risk for being infected should be anonymously antibody tested; why a positive test result is not the same as a diagnosis of AIDS; the importance of counseling
NEW TREATMENTS -- how infected people can stay healthier longer; immune function monitoring with T4 cell counts; the most dangerous infection in AIDS is now preventable; use of antivirals can slow the disease
INSURANCE AND LEGAL INFORMATION -- how to get and keep your health insurance; how to fight discrimination and preserve confidentiality
RESOURCE GUIDE -- hot line numbers, AIDS education, counseling, anonymous testing sites, medical information, legal advice.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be contributed to AIDS education and research.