Understanding Aids

 

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Understanding Aids

Dr John Starkie and Rodney Dale

 

'Although I am optimistic about our ability to defeat AIDS, and there have already been important advances, we are still in the early days of a long war.'- Professor Luc Montagnier, director of AIDS research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, who was instrumental in isolating the virus that causes AIDS.

AIDS has become swiftly and forcibly embedded in our lives, yet much about the disease is still poorly understood. This book aims to redress the balance, describing in detail the nature of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and of AIDS itself, though not at the expense of answering the most basic questions -'Are AIDS tests reliable?', 'Can men catch AIDS from women?', 'Can you get AIDS at the dentist?' Immunologist John Starkie, together with Rodney Dale, explains how AIDS spreads and what its geographical sweep has been, and also gives a summary of the treatments available. For anyone having to cope with the impact of being HIV-positive and perhaps developing AIDS there is plenty of advice, plus a list of sources of help, including helpline telephone numbers.