From Library Journal
Individuals living with HIV experience not only its devastating assault on the body but adverse effects on their employment, finances, relationships, insurance, and housing. Two new books look at the impact of AIDS on all areas of life, with particular attention to legal problems and the rights of those with positive status. Part of a series of ACLU handbooks, The Rights of People Who Are HIV Positive tackles the subject in four parts: the disease itself and the related testing, public health, and confidentiality issues; day-to-day issues involving insurance, family law, and healthcare decision-making; discrimination in housing and work; and AIDS in prisons, schools, as a factor in immigration, and among IV drug users. The topics are broached using a question-and-answer format, and each chapter is documented with citations to source material. The authors do not shrink from complicated or difficult subjects and generally do a fine job of explaining and humanizing the material. Appendixes refer readers to ACLU offices and other agencies offering legal aid to individuals with the disease. HIV Law takes an anecdotal and conversational tone as it works its way through chapters on holding title, guardianship, powers of attorney, creating a living will, social security, discrimination, and viatication of life-insurance policies. There is solid advice here and important coverage of the effects of the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 as well as in-depth discussion of COBRA benefits. The appendixes list AIDS hotlines, Internet sites, agencies, and action groups. HIV Law thoughtfully addresses issues of basic concern to HIV-positive people, while the ACLU book will appeal to anyone conducting research on the legal aspects of living with AIDS. Both books are recommended.?Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
IV Law, a succinct, easy-to-read and essential guide to legal issues for those who are HIV positive, takes on complicated points of law that every HIV-positive person needs to understand and presents lucid solutions and strategies for solving legal problems.