Aging with HIV: A Gay Mans Guide

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Oxford University Press, Dec 8, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 248 pages
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With improvements in the treatment of HIV disease, gay men in great numbers are surviving--and thriving--into middle and older age. While increased longevity brings new hope, it also raises unanticipated challenges, particularly for gay men who never thought they would live this long: How do I deal with all the physical changes? Who can I rely on as I get older? Is a relationship still in the cards for me? What about sex? How should I prepare for old age? A one-of-a-kind guide for gay men aging with HIV, Aging with HIV offers an upbeat, down-to-earth approach for adapting to change, whether driven by age, AIDS, or both. Psychotherapist James Masten and physician James Schmidtberger shed light on the many common assumptions and fears of aging with HIV. Aging with HIV provides concrete solutions for facing midlife with a positive outlook, offering a wealth of advice for breaking unhealthy habits and coping mechanisms. The book describes the nine changes common to gay men as they age with HIV, discusses the four challenges of aging, and offers a unique ten-step path to optimal aging with HIV, helping the reader to tailor the books suggestions to the realities of their lives. Woven throughout the book are first-person narratives from men who recount what worked--and did not work--for them. In addition, Rapid Research, Fast Fact, and Self-Reflection boxes highlight the latest research and challenge readers to take stock of the present--and plan for the future. An invaluable tool to keep handy and to refer to often, Aging with HIV is an inviting, confident companion to navigating midlife and beyond with HIV.
 

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Contents

Adaptation versus Stagnation
91
Ten Steps to Optimal Aging with HIV
123
Conclusion
191
About the Study
193
Using This Book in a Group
203
Notes
207
Index
223
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James Masten, Ph.D., LCSW, has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for over twenty years. He is on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at New York University School of Social Work, and has been a clinical research consultant for Yale University School of Medicine, Duke University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Masten has a private practice in psychotherapy in New York City. James Schmidtberger, M.D., is Director of HIV Services at Gouverneur Healthcare Services in New York City and an Instructor at New York University School of Medicine.

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