AIDS Is Not the End

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AIDS/HIV and Life

In the 1980s a virus turned the world upside down. Left to run its course, this scourge caused a complete breakdown of the immune system and led, inevitably, to death. Many of us know someone affected by HIV and AIDS, or are at least familiar with the illness through the media. Now, more than 20 years since the virus emerged, AIDS patients can arm themselves with new tools and knowledge that will help them survive and live purposeful lives. Thanks to breakthroughs in science and medicine, overcoming AIDS is finally something more than fiction.

Containing information compiled by four experts, Living Well with HIV and AIDS, Third Edition (Bull Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 0-923521-86-0, $18.95) provides a complete modern guide to facing and fighting this virus and disease. Authors Allen L. Gifford, MD, Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH, Diana Laurent, MPH, and Virginia Gonzalez, MPH, agree that while life with HIV and AIDS may not be "easy," a person who is sick can continue functioning and living life almost the same as before. Their days simply require a little more planning and care.

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"Living well with HIV and AIDS is about taking charge of day-to-day problems or challenges and coming up with ways to solve them," write the authors. "We teach patients to become 'self-managers,' to take control of their illness by developing the skills they need to cope and survive."

The book teaches these techniques. It is a complete reference guide that covers everything from new medicines to diet and exercise to sex and relationships and provides great ideas for coping smoothly with major lifestyle adjustments. Read on to sample some excerpted material from Living Well with HIV and AIDS:

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