Teenagers, HIV, and AIDS: Insights from Youths Living with the Virus

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Maureen E. Lyon, Lawrence J. D'Angelo
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 275 pages
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Who will want me now? It's a heart-wrenching question for teenagers infected with HIV.

The number of HIV/AIDS-infected teenagers in the United States is increasing. Nearly 35,000 U.S. teenagers now have AIDS. Far more have been diagnosed with HIV, and an undetermined number have the virus and do not yet know. Each year, some 1,700 young people aged 13 to 24 are diagnosed with the ravaging end result of this infection: AIDS.

In this volume, experts who work with HIV/AIDS-infected teenagers examine the psychological and social fallout compounding the frightening medical issues faced by adolescents who've received the diagnosis. Readers share the challenge with teens as they face the stigma of HIV/AIDS and the tough decisions about who to tell of their infection and when to do it. We learn the hard truth about health care, self care, and new treatment options for affected teens. And we read about the heartbreaking end-of-life care issues for dying adolescents. Perhaps most important, the authors offer resources teens and their families can turn to for information and support. And they explain what family, friends, teachers, and other professionals can do to help infected teens maximize their mental health and their quality of life.


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Maureen E. Lyon is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Research Professor in Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical Center, in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, D.C. She holds a Diplomate in Health Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Lawrence J. D'Angelo, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Health Care Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. D'Angelo is also a Professor of Prevention and Community Health and Edpidemiology at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

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