100 Questions & Answers about HIV and AIDS
While AIDS is not the health threat that it once was in North America, it is still a significant public health problem and is a devastating epidemic in Africa and Asia. 100 Questions & Answers about AIDS and HIV provides answers to the most common questions asked by AIDS/HIV patients and their families. Written by a John Hopkins physician specializing in men's health, this must-have resource is for all AIDS/HIV patients, their families, and for high-risk individuals intent on avoiding the disease.
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1 Whats my prognosis?
2 Can Have a normal life? What about sex and relationships?
4 Who should I tell?
5 Should I keep working?
9 How does HIV cause illness?
10 Whats the difference between HIV and AIDS?
12 How is HIV spread?
52 What are the risks for my brain and nerves?
Opportunistic Infections and Other Complications
53 What are opportunistic infections?
60 When do I use prophylaxis?
61 Can HIV cause cancer?
65 What can I do about nausea and diarrhea?
67 What do Io if I get a cold or the flu?
14 Why isnt there a cure?
Diagnosis of HIV Infection
15 How is HIV infection diagnosed?
16 How can I tell if Ive been recently infected?
17 What if all of my tests are negative but Im sure that Im infected?
18 How do I find the right medical care?
19 How do I deal with my provider?
21 How will I pay for medical care?
22 What does my CD4 mean?
23 Whats a viral load?
24 What is a resistance test and when should I get one?
26 Do I need vaccinations?
27 How does antiretroviral therapy work?
28 Do I need treatment now?
30 How do my provider and I choose my first regimen?
32 What if I have side effects?
Staying On Therapy
35 How long will therapy last?
36 Can therapy ever be stopped?
38 What if my virus becomes resistant to the medications?
40 What if I decide not to take medications?
42 What is immunebased therapy?
Side Effects and Toxicity
43 What are the side effects of protease inhibitors?
46 What can I do about body shape changes?
48 How can I protect my liver?
69 Why am I so tired?
70 Can HIV affect my skin?
Womens Issues Pregnancy and Children
73 How Is HIV infection different for women?
75 What if I want to get pregnant?
77 What if my child is positive?
78 What if I also have hepatitis C?
80 How do I prevent cervical and anal cancer?
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
81 How do I know if Im depressed?
83 What are the risks of using drugs if Im positive?
Relationships Sexuality and Prevention
84 How and when should I disclose my HIV status to partners?
87 What if both my partner and I are positive?
88 What do I need to know about sexually transmitted diseases?
Living With HIV Infection
89 What should I eat or avoid eating?
92 Can I still drink alcohol?
94 Can I keep my pets?
Questions For Those Who Still Have Questions
97 What about the theory that HIV doesnt cause AIDS?
99 How do we know HIV wasnt created in a lab?
100 Whats the state of the global epidemic?