AIDS BOOK REVIEW JOURNAL

University of Illinois at Chicago

H. Robert Malinowsky

Editor

ISSN 1068-4174

Number 23-January, 1996


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465. HIV/AIDS: What to Do About It, by Lorraine Jones.
466. Sex, Drugs, and the Continuing Spread of AIDS, by Clyde B. McCoy, James A. Inciardi.
467. Women at Risk: Issues in the Primary Prevention of AIDS, edited by Ann O'Leary, Loretta Sweet Jemmott.
468. Too Far Away to Touch, by Leslea Newman.
469. Our Paris: Sketches from Memory, by Edmund White, Hubert Sorin.
470. Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, by Lisa Duggan, Nan D. Hunter.
471. Safer Sexy: The Guide to Gay Sex Safely, by Peter Tatchell.
472. Changing HIV Risk Behavior: Practical Strategies, by Jeffrey A. Kelly.
473. Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, by David Goss, Derek Adam-Smith.
474. Dr. David Reuben's Quick Weight-Gain Program, by David Reuben.
475. Walking Wounded, by Beverly Foote Barbo.
476. AIDS Testing: A Comprehensive Guide to Technical, Medical, Social, Legal, and Management Issues, 2nd edition edited by Gerald Schochetman, J. Richard George.
477. Alyson Almanac 1994-95.
478. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, research journal.
479. Pediatric AIDS and HIV Infection: Fetus to Adolescent, research journal.
480. AIDS Patient Care: A Journal for Health Care Professionals, research journal.
481. Effects of AIDS on the Brain: Information for Families and Caregivers, pamphlet.
482. AIDS and the Impact of Cognitive Impairment: A Treatment Guide for Mental Health Providers, by Penelope Zeifert, Mark Leary, Alicia A. Boccellari.
483. Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, newsletter.

Older books briefly mentioned.

484. Risk and Recovery: AIDS, HIV and Alcohol: A Handbook for Providers, by Marcia Quackenbush, J.D. Benson, Joanna Rinaldi.
485. AIDS Law for Mental Health Professionals: A Handbook for Judicious Practice, updated version by Gary James Wood, J.D. Marks, Robert Marks, James W. Dilley.
486. AIDS and Substance Abuse: A Training Manual for Health Care Professionals, by Barbara G. Faltz, Joanna Rinaldi.
487. Face to Face: A Guide to AIDS Counseling, updated version by James W. Dilley, Cheri Pies, Michael Helquist.

465. HIV/AIDS: What to Do About It, by Lorraine Jones. 1996. Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 511 Forest Lodge Road, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. 65p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-534-33928-X. $11.50. (Descriptors: Facts, Education, Safer Sex, Rights and Responsibilities, Health Care)

This small book outlines in straight forward terms what individuals can do about protection against the HIV virus. It is intended to provide all persons the basic facts about HIV infection and AIDS as well as information on the nation's educational efforts, protection of oneself from the virus, living with HIV, and basic rights and responsibilities that everyone must realize. The key to fighting this deadly virus is through education. This has to begin in the elementary grades and continue beyond college. Jones advocates a comprehensive health education program with planned curriculum that covers ":community health, consumer health, environmental health, family life, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, personal health, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse." Unfortunately sex education in schools, especially the elementary grades, has not been accepted with open arms. "Some people believe that our youth are sexually active, get pregnant, and suffer from sexually transmitted diseases because of sex education in the schools." Those same people who object to sex education in schools fail to provide it at home and the result is a time bomb ready to explode.

The chapter on protecting yourself provides good down-to-earth information about alcohol and drugs, condoms, and risk reduction. It stresses the need to keep up-to-date on what is known about HIV and AIDS since this is an ever changing disease that throws researchers many curves.

In "Living with HIV" the message is, do not give up. There are many medications available that are helping to fight this disease. Also, stressed in this excellent little book are the rights and responsibilities of those who are infected. In bold letters the reader is told "Discrimination: Stop It!" In the case of religion's role in education, Jones states "We need more religious leaders helping to build bridges in their community that reach across human differences to provide effective HIV prevention programs and support for those already affected by the epidemic." Reprinted as an appendix is the text of a statement made by the Council of National Religious AIDS Networks where love and compassion for all who are HIV positive or have AIDS is stressed. An excellent book for everyone and every library.

466. Sex, Drugs, and the Continuing Spread of AIDS, by Clyde B. McCoy, James A. Inciardi. 1995. Roxbury Publishing Co., PO Box 491044, Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044. 181p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-935732-64-0. $18.95. (Descriptors: Epidemiology, Sex, Drugs, Social Aspects)

This book covers the debate as to "the extent to which heterosexual transmission will have an impact on the general escalation of AIDS." It is especially concerned with the close connection of sex and drugs in becoming infected. The 5 chapters cover: "AIDS: A Strange and Deadly Epidemic," "Contagious Desire: Sex, Drugs, Disease, and HIV," "Bathhouses, Shooting Galleries, and Other Reservoirs of Infection," "The Heterosexual Transmission of HIV," and "HIV/AIDS Prevention and Risk Reduction."

The high risk categories for unsafe sex are detailed in the second chapter where gay sex is accurately described. The gay community does not deny the fact that they have high risk sex that involves such things as enemas with fluids other than water and fisting. However, when drugs are added to this, the risk becomes even greater. Other cofactors that are discussed are the use of nitrites or "poppers" and alcohol, both of which inhibit the mind so that one may do things without knowing that it may be dangerous, resulting in the transfer of the virus from one individual to another. Gays have long been educating their communities about these various cofactors, but the straight world has more or less been lax, thinking that you have to be gay in order to receive the virus. Unfortunately, the younger gay men have in their minds a "conviction of indestructibility along with the belief that AIDS happens only to older men." Here is where education has failed in the schools because it is seems to be taboo to talk about homosexuality and gay sex.

The heterosexual transmission of HIV is covered in the fourth chapter. This should be required reading by every student in every school so that they realize how vulnerable they can be when it comes to mixing sex, drugs, and alcohol. There is an increase in the bartering of sex for crack. As a result there is the statement "Everyone knows how you get AIDS, but the crack takes away your reason." Chapter five presents some points for prevention and risk reduction, including more education, the targeting of injection drug users, male and female condoms, and needle exchange.

This is an extremely well-written book that has outlined many of the issues that surround AIDS and HIV as they pertain to gay men, drug users, and the straight population. It provides some excellent pointers on how to decrease the risk reduction and is not afraid to talk about certain aspects of gay sex that may be very disturbing to some individuals. Again, education is the key word and it is stressed throughout the book. Highly recommended for all individuals and all libraries.

467. Women at Risk: Issues in the Primary Prevention of AIDS, edited by Ann O'Leary, Loretta Sweet Jemmott. 1995. Plenum Press, 233 Spring St., New York, NY 10013. 278p., bibliog., index. (AIDS Prevention and Mental Health). ISBN 0-306-45041-0. $49.50. (Descriptors: Prevention, Women, Diseases of Women, Health and Hygiene, Social Aspects) (Contributors to this volume: Priscilla Alexander, Joyce Anastasia, Sevgi O. Aral, Vivian Brown, Veronica Catan, Judith Blackfield Cohen, M. Isabel Fernandez, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Erica L. Gollub, John B. Jemmott III, Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Gail Kennedy, Kathleen M. Morrow, Adeline Nyamathi, Ann O'Leary, Beatriz Perez, Jennifer Pranke, Marcela Raffaelli, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Judith N. Wasserheit, Gloria Weissman)

As reported on May 12, 1995 in the New York Times "AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death among women of childbearing age and is increasing by about 8% a year in this group." That is a frightening statement and one that this group of women contributors speaks about. The various papers that are presented are all by women and provide "a composite of the multiple needs of different groups of women and, thus, an overall statement about the impact of HIV and AIDS on all of our lives." An extremely important fact about this book is that it is by women who want to make sure that women throughout the world understand AIDS and HIV infection.

The 12 chapters cover: "General Issues in the Prevention of AIDS in Women," "Interactions among HIV, Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Socioeconomic Status, and Poverty in Women," "Women-Centered Prevention Techniques and Technologies," "Childhood Sexual Abuse and AIDS: Issues and Interventions," "Preventing AIDS in Female Adolescents," "African American Women and HIV-Risk-Reduction Issues," "Latinas and AIDS: Challenges to HIV Prevention Efforts," "Drug-Using Women and HIV: Risk-Reduction and Prevention Issues," "Female Sex Workers: Scapegoats in the AIDS Epidemic," "Women and AIDS in Developing Countries," "Lesbian Women and HIV/AIDS: An Appeal for Inclusion," and "Future Directions." As can be seen, all groups have been covered: poor, African-American, Latinas, and lesbians. This is an extremely well-documented book that is based on extensive research.

The chapter on Latinas is especially important since this is a group of people for which little documentation has been written. The contributors to this chapter point out that with Hispanics, "both adults and adolescents, have lower levels of knowledge and higher levels of misconceptions about HIV transmission than do non-Hispanic whites." Hispanic and African American "women underestimate their personal risk for HIV infection to a greater extent than do nonminority women." Religion plays a big role in the Hispanic communities where women are "willing to sacrifice themselves for their children and as being passive and subordinate to men." In the developing countries, AIDS is a catastrophe running rampant. The book discusses AIDS in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The concluding chapter raises some unmet needs such as the need for controlled intervention trials, substance use prevention and treatment must be a strong priority, violence against women and children must be studied and stopped, control of all STDs in women needs more attention, and "Societal efforts must be made to improve sex education and drug-use prevention and to improve norms for AIDS protection." Highly recommended book for all women and all researchers who are working on AIDS and HIV research. Every library should have a copy.

468. Too Far Away to Touch, by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Catherine Stock. 1995. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Co., 215 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003. 32p., illus. ISBN 0-395-68968-6. $14.95. (Descriptors: Fiction, Death, Juvenile)

This beautifully illustrated book for young people is a heart-warming story of a little girl, her Uncle Leonard and his significant other, Nathan. Uncle Leonard takes his niece, Zoe, to the planetarium where they see the stars where Uncle Leonard says they are "Too far away to touch, but close enough to see." On the way home Zoe discovers that her Uncle's once curly head is now almost bald as a result of his being sick with AIDS. Zoe is worried and asks if he will get well, to which he replies, "I don't know, Zoe." Several weeks later Uncle Leonard and Nathan take Zoe to the beach to see the stars at night. Zoe asks her Uncle where he will go when he dies and he replies, "I don't know where I'll go, but I know where I'll be. Too far away to touch, but close enough to see."

This a must book for any school or public library providing a tender look at a little girl's encounter with someone she loves who is about to die. The gay aspect of the story will probably, unfortunately, prevent some schools from purchasing the book. Highly recommended. Leslea Newman is the author of the very controversial book, Heather Has Two Mommies.

469. Our Paris: Sketches from Memory, by Edmund White with drawings by Hubert Sorin. 1995. Alfred A. Knopf, 201 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022. 122p., illus. ISBN 0-679-44166-2. $22.00. (Descriptors: Social Life and Customs, Humor, Homes and Haunts, Biography)

This is a moving, yet witty book, by Edmund White with drawings by his lover, Hubert Sorin. The book was developed after both were diagnosed with AIDS. Unfortunately, Hubert did not see the final product as he died before Edmund was able to finish the text. Both loved each other very much and the stories that are sketched here provide a glimpse into their lives as they awaited that fateful day when one or both would no longer be around. The neighborhood in which they lived had hookers, tramps, tourists, artists, shoppers and colorful local characters that provided many interesting tales as well as cartoon-like illustrations. This is a delightful book to read with a glass of sherry in hand and a fire in the fireplace, providing many smiles on your face as you visualize the life of two individuals who know that being together will suddenly come to an end. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.

470. Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, by Lisa Duggan, Nan D. Hunter. 1995. Routledge, 29 West 35th St., New York, NY 10001. 310p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-415-91036-6, 0-415-91037-4pbk. $59.95, $16.95pbk. (Descriptors: Sex, Political Aspects, Sexual Orientation, Pornography)

The so called "sex wars" were waged during the decade from 1980 to 1990 and are still going on with the religious right continuing their fight to purge the minds of everyone of anything that closely resembles sex. There were and still are "battles over the regulation of pornography, the scope of legal protections for gay people, the funding of allegedly obscene art, the content of safe-sex education, the scope of reproductive freedom for women, the extent of sexual abuse of children in day care centers, the sexual content of public school curricula, and more." The essays in this book speak to these battles and are an attempt to educate the public about sexuality in general. This is not a book for the middle of the road individual because it is about the ideas of the Feminist Anti-Censorship Taskforce (FACT) whose short-and long-term goals are to defeat antipornography legislation, to expand the scope of a liberal public discourse about sexuality.

The first part--"Sexual Dissent and Representation" contains a chronology of sexuality debates, an essay on censorship as related to feminism, feminist antipornography legislation, an overview of antipornography campaigns, and an essay about "Sex Panics" where attacks have been made on the National Endowment for the Arts for its funding of so-called obscene works. Part 2--"Sexual Dissent and the Law" provides lucid and well-documented articles about the Hardwick ruling; the Sharon Kowalski Case; marriage, law and gender; and identity, speech and equality. The last part--"Sexual Dissent, Activism and the Academy" brings to the forefront such issues as who is queer, how scholars are writing about queer theory, and queering the state as well as a very good history of the gay ghetto.

So, why is it important to understand these sex wars? In order to educate the public about AIDS, sex has to be discussed and in very explicit terms. Not to discuss sex is to say AIDS has nothing to do with sex. The myth that AIDS is a gay disease is still there and believed and advocated by a large part of the population with the religious right providing the fuel. This book provides an insight into how many brave souls are fighting back so that we do not have an ignorant population. As long as people are afraid to have their children taught sex education in school, we will have sex wars of one kind or another. Duggan and Hunter have jolted us into what has happened in the wars up to now. Although all of us may not believe everything that they stand for, one thing is for sure--censorship is certainly not the answer. This book is to be read with an open mind and a realization that if there were not groups like FACT, freedom in the United States would be slowly squeezed away. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.

471. Safer Sexy: The Guide to Gay Sex Safely, by Peter Tatchell, photographs by Robert Taylor. 1994. Freedom Editions/Cassell Group, 387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016-8810. 112p., color illustrations. ISBN 1-86047-000-9. $19.95. (Descriptors: Safer Sex, History)

Safer Sexy is the best erotic gay safer sex guide available. If you are offended by sexy images and explicit language, then do not read this book. However, if you are a gay man who has ignored the world around you and have not been properly educated about AIDS, this is a must book for you. "Its gay-positive message is to live life well without putting yourself, or your partners, at risk of HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases." Through the extraordinary photography of beautiful male models, every aspect of safer gay sex is explored. Nothing is left out! Throughout the book the use of condoms is stressed with explicit photographs of how to use them. Some will say that the book just encourages sex to the extremes. Maybe it does, but it at least encourages you to have safer sex than unsafe sex. For every unsafe act, numerous alternatives are suggested and photographed. One cannot escape the message of safer sex when one reads the following phrases: "Safeguard your weaponry," "Have you got the latex fashion?," "Men who love men, love to protect them," "Jerking off is danger-free," "If he hasn't got it on, don't let him get it off," "Protect the one you love with rubber," "The only perversion is unsafe sex," and "Whoever you're with, choose safer sex."

One could learn a great deal from just the photographs and the short messages but the text gives additional advice that is upfront, accurate, and intended to make sex a pleasurable, healthy, and safe encounter. Yes, you could say this is a raunchy book; however, in being erotic, it catches your attention and makes you want to read and understand. The theme of the book can be summed up with one of its messages--"Sex with safety equals sex without fear." Highly recommended for every gay and bisexual man alive. Not recommended for those who view gay sex with a jaundiced eye. Unfortunately, this book will only stay on the library locked stack shelves because it will either be vandalized or stolen.

472. Changing HIV Risk Behavior: Practical Strategies, by Jeffrey A. Kelly. 1995. Guilford Press, 72 Spring St., New York, NY 10012. 159p., bibliog., index. (Treatment Manuals for Practitioners). ISBN 1-57230-009-4. $26.95. (Descriptors: Behavior, Risk Assessment, Education)

This book speaks to the biggest challenge in AIDS education--behavior change. There have been many advances in research and thinking as to what causes AIDS and how to combat it. "One thing has remained constant and is unchanged since the very start of the epidemic: The only means to prevent HIV is by behavior change." The two most difficult behaviors to change are having unprotected sex with a potentially infected partner and sharing needles among drug users. In spite of all the education that is thrust upon the public about the risk of contacting AIDS, changing behavior still has not been achieved. This book is an attempt to identify ways to make changes in behavior. The first two chapters provide an overview of practical epidemiology of HIV infection and the risk counseling that is involved. The third chapter speaks of intervention programs and the fourth covers risk assessment. The next three chapters cover education for risk behavior, preparing clients for change, teaching risk behavior self-management skills, and sexual assertiveness training. The final chapter sums it all up with "Pride, Self-Esteem, and Empowerment as Contexts of Community Change."

Kelly admits that there are no quick fixes when it comes to changing behaviors. "Effective interventions are those based on sound behavior change principles made relevant to sexual and drug use risk." There is a great deal to digest in this book for counselors and for those who want to change their behavior. It is well written, providing much sound advice. Changing behavior is a slow process, but for everyone who has been helped, it means another person who may not have a premature death. A highly recommended book for all sex and drug counselors and a necessary book for all medical and academic libraries.

473. Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, by David Goss, Derek Adam-Smith. 1995. Taylor & Francis, 1900 Frost Road, Ste. 101, Bristol, PA 19007. 168p., bibliog., index. (Social Aspects of AIDS). ISBN 0-7484-0258-6, 0-7484-0259-4pbk. $75.00. $24.95pbk. (Descriptors: Social Aspects, Workplace)

This book provides some perspectives on the origins, emergence and related consequences of a realistic appreciation of HIV infection and its work-related consequences. It gives some excellent advice to employers, managers, researches and organizational theorists of how HIV can be tackled in the workplace so that "anxieties and fears can be successfully challenged through good workplace policy and practice." The 8 chapters cover: "AIDS, Employment and the Workplace," "Defensive Responses to HIV/AIDS," "Constructive Responses to HIV/AIDS," "HIV/AIDS and Workplace Dilemmas," "Sex, Work and HIV/AIDS," "HIV/AIDS and British Employment Law," "Legislative Responses to HIV/AIDS in Europe and USA," and "Conclusion." In these chapters one learns how employers look at AIDS as a threat and how a more positive response has to be developed if we are to prevent undo discrimination. The authors take the reader through many documented cases and present observations that should help managers more fully understand what they are dealing with.

This is an excellent book for all employers. Some would say that HIV and AIDS have presented new challenges for the workplace. "Rather it has activated and magnified existing inequalities, fears and prejudices: fear of the sick and dying; homophobia; racism; sexism." We need to have more understanding of this dreadful disease so that these fears do not dictate the policies that are imposed in the workplace. Hopefully, those who read and re-read this book will try to create workable policies that will enable HIV and AIDS individuals the opportunity to be productive workers for as long as they can. Highly recommended book for all libraries.

474. Dr. David Reuben's Quick Weight-Gain Program: Safe, Easy Weight Gain for Every Age and Situation, by David Reuben. 1996. Crown Publishers, 201 East 50th St., New York, NY 10022. 266p. ISBN 0-517-70205-3. $23.00. (Descriptors: Leanness Prevention, Diet Therapy, Weight Gain)

Although this book is not specifically for HIV positive individuals or PWAs, it does provide some sound advice on how to gain weight. Wasting is a serious side affect of AIDS and every effort possible should be made to maintain proper weight. Aside from being underweight because of AIDS, some 5 percent of all the deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to underweight. There is much to consider in this book but its main purpose is to provide the reader some down to earth facts on gaining weight. As with any program of this type, keep in touch with your physician so that he or she can monitor what you are doing. Gaining weight has to be done carefully and has to be planned so that you remain healthy. There are many good suggestions in this book and as such, it is recommended for anyone who has trouble putting on weight.

475. Walking Wounded: A Mother's True Story of Her Son's Homosexuality and His Eventual AIDS-Related Death, by Beverly Barbo. 1995 (c1987). Carlsons', PO Box 189, Lindsborg, KS. 247p., bibliog. ISBN 0-944996-01-9. $9.95. (Descriptors: Reminiscences, Biography)

This is a touching story of a young man who grew up gay and lived and died in a very homophobic society. This is a book for every family who has someone who is gay so that they can understand with love and not hate. This family lived a full Christian life with much love from the beginning to the end. Some of the stories will make you smile, others will make you sad. The final thought, however, is that everyone has a right to live, be loved, and enjoy life. AIDS takes too many lives away too early. There are those religious groups who say AIDS is God's way of punishing someone for being gay. I say to those religious groups, read this book from cover to cover and then look me in the eye and say that it is God's punishment. A highly recommended book all libraries.

476. AIDS Testing: A Comprehensive Guide to Technical, Medical, Social, Legal, and Management Issues, 2nd edition edited by Gerald Schochetman, J. Richard George. 1994. Springer-Verlag, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010. 411p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-387-94291-2. $49.00. (Descriptors: Diagnosis, Ethics, Testing, Medical Screening) (Contributors to this volume: David M. Bell, Elizabeth A. Bolyard, Barbara H. Bowman, Michael P. Busch, Denise M. Cardo, Kenneth G. Castro, Carol A. Ciesielski, Lynda S. Doll, Jay S. Epstein, J. Richard George, Nancy J. Haley, Thomas L. Hearn, Walid Heneine, Priscilla Holman, C. Robert Horsburgh, Ann N. James, Robert S. Janssen, Jonathan E. Kaplan, Meaghan B. Kennedy, Rima F. Khabbaz, Fred Kroger, Alan L. Landay, Alison C. Mawle, Bruce J. McCreedy, J. Steven McDougal, Janet K.A. Nicholoson, Jacquelyn A. Polder, Mark A. Rayfield, Barry S. Reed, Jonathan Y. Richmond, Martha F. Rogers, Gerald Schochetman, R.J. Simonds, John J. Sninsky, John W. Ward, Thomas J. White)

Even though it has only been two years since the first edition of this book, there have been many changes in AIDS testing that has dictated that this edition be published. "HIV/AIDS in the United States has become the leading cause of death among men 25 to 44 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death among women of the same age group." It is obvious that this disease continues to be a global challenge. Testing is essential so that prevention programs can be initiated. It is also necessary in the search for effective antiviral drugs and vaccines. This is a highly technical book and intended for the specialist. The first three chapters are the introduction: "Testing for Human Retrovirus Infections," "Biology of Human Immounodeficiency Viruses," and "Immunology of HIV Infection." The second part covers the issues of laboratory issues of testing: "FDA Regulation of HIV-Related Tests and Procedures," "Detection of HIV Infection Using Serologic Techniques," "Quality Control for HIV Testing," "HIV Culture," "Direct Detection of HIV Infection Using Nucleic Amplification Techniques," "Use of Flow Cytometry to Enumerate Lymphocyte Populations in HIV Disease," "Prognostic Indicators for Progression of HIV Disease," and "Testing for Other Human Retroviruses."

The third part covers applications: "HIV Testing in Blood Banks," "HIV Testing for Organ and Tissue Transplantation," "Programs for Routine, Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing of Patients in Acute-Care Hospitals," "HIV Testing for Life Insurance," "HIV Infection in Children," and "Molecular Epidemiology of AIDS." Psychosocial and legal issues are covered in the fourth part and management issues are covered in the last part. All presentations are well-documented and based on much research. The chapter on the legal aspects of AIDS covers the unique social issues that surround this disease. A recommended book for all medical and legal libraries. Large academic libraries will want a copy.

477. Alyson Almanac: The Fact Book of the Lesbian and Gay Community, 1994-95 edition. 1993. Alyson Publications, 40 Plympton St., Boston, MA 02118. 350p., index. ISBN 1-55583-242-3. $9.95. (Descriptors: Almanac, Gays, Lesbians)

This is an annual publication that provides a great amount of general information for the gay and lesbian community, including some historical information, gay symbols, general advice, church policies and attitudes, laws, travel and resort information, and publications. There are two chapters that are of interest to this journal--one on health and the other on the Names Project. The health chapter covers very briefly some of the health concerns of men and women, including AIDS, amebiasis, breast cancer, chlamydia, crab lice, cyctitis, giardiasis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes simples, NGU/NSU, pelvic inflammatory disease, scabies, shigellosis, syphillis, trichomoniasis, venereal warts, and yeast infection. There is also an excellent essay on safer sex that provides some sound advice. The chapter on the Names Project describes the project and gives some pointers on creating a memorial panel. This is a very good general almanac that would be appropriate for any library, especially where there are many gay and lesbian readers. Recommended for all gay and lesbian personal libraries.

478. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, edited by Dani P. Bolognesi, Jeffrey Laurence. v.1- 1983- . Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2 Madison Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538. ISSN 0889-2229. monthly. $195.95 per year personal, $300.00 per year library/institution. (Descriptors: Research, Human Retroviruses)

This journal provides "a central forum for studies of new viruses pertaining to cancer, degenerative diseases, and the immune system." Articles in the August, 1995 issues included: "Cytokine-Containing Liposomes as Adjuvants for HIV subunit Vaccines," "Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection of Macaue Primary Placental Cells," "HIV Glycoprotein 41 and Complement Factor H Interact with Each Other and Share Functional as Well as Antigenic Homology," and "A New HTLV Type II Subtype A Isolate in an HIV Type 1-Infected Prostitute from Cameroon, Central Africa." This is a highly technical journal intended for the researcher and is recommended for all medical libraries.

479. Pediatric AIDS and HIV Infection: Fetus to Adolescent, edited by Mhairi G. MacDonald, Harold M. Ginzberg. v.1- 1990- . Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2 Madison Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538. ISSN 1045-5418. 6 times per year. $97.00 per year. (Descriptors: Pediatrics, HIV Infection)

This journal provides research articles on "all aspects of HIV (and other retroviral) infections in the pregnant mother, child, and adolescent," including diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection, epidemiology, molecular biology, clinical presentation, pathology, virology, reproductive, psychosocial and relevant legal and community needs. Papers included in the June, 1995 issue were: "Interdisciplinary Student Seminar in Pediatric HIV Disease," "HIV and Syphilis: Maternal and Fetal Considerations," "Accidental Contacts with Syringes Used by Intravenous Drug Users," and "Overview: HIV Infection in Women." A highly recommended journal for all medical libraries.

480. AIDS Patient Care: A Journal for Health Care Professionals, edited by Kevin Blancet. v.1-1987- . Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2 Madison Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538. ISSN 0893-5068. 6 times per year. $97.00 per year. (Description: Patient Care)

This is journal for the general health care professional who wants to keep abreast of the latest happenings in AIDS research and health care, covering a full spectrum of health care for patients with HIV and ARC. It also provides guidelines and critical resources. The June, 1995, issue contained the following articles: "Alternative Medicine Consultations by Patients Attending a Multidisciplinary HIV Clinic," "HIV-Infected Women in Louisiana," "Nurses' Perceptions of Barriers to Care of HIV/AIDS Patients," "Patterns of Response Among Nurses After High-Risk Occupational Exposure," and "HIV Street Education Using Student Nurses." A well-written journal that is recommended for all general physicians and for all medical libraries.

481. Effects of AIDS on the Brain: Information for Families and Caregivers. 1994. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 7p. $.65. (Descriptors: Mental Aspects, Brain, Families, Caregivers)

A small booklet that provides brief information on signs and symptoms of HIV-associated dementia. Recommended for all caregivers and those who are working with People with AIDS. A good pamphlet for all libraries. This pamphlet and the following six publications are all from the UCSF AIDS Health Project which is affiliated with the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute of the University of California at San Francisco medical school. It is a "leader in developing clinical services and professional education to meet the mental health needs of people affected by HIV disease." Its programs cover HIV-related counseling and support, antibody testing and counseling, and HIV-related substance abuse services.

482. AIDS and the Impact of Cognitive Impairment: A Treatment Guide for Mental Health Providers, by Penelope Zeifert, Mark Leary, Alicia A. Boccellari. 1995. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 89p., bibliog., index. (UCSF AHP Monograph, no. 1). ISBN 1-879168-01-4. $7.95. (Descriptors: Cognition Disorders, Therapy, Etiology, Complications)

This small but well-written little book is intended to provide the mental health provider guidelines for treating cognitive impairment. The four chapters cover: "Causes of Cognitive Impairment," "Diagnostic Evaluation," "Treating and Managing Cognitive Impairment," and "Special Issues for Providers and Caregivers Dealing with Cognitive Impairment." Cognitive impairment is "the loss of the ability to process, learn, and remember information." This book gives a "road map of the disorders that cause impairment and a pathway to follow toward accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment." A highly recommended book for all libraries and for the private collections of mental health providers.

483. Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, edited by James W. Dilley, Robert Marks. v.1- 1985- . UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. ISSN 1047-0719. monthly. $36.00. (Descriptors: Reviews, Research, Counseling)

This monthly publication provides one or two articles a month that discuss the counseling aspects of AIDS, putting the medical, epidemiological, and social aspects of the disease in the context of HIV-related counseling and psychotherapy. Some articles in past issues include: "Communities of Caring: Integrating Mental Health and Medical Care for HIV-Infected Women," "Permanency Planning for HIV-Affected Children," "Sleep Disturbance and HIV Disease," and "Sleep Disturbance in Early HIV Infection." The December, 1995, issue is the third annual book review issue with full reviews of "The Second Decade of AIDS," "HIV-Negative: How the Uninfected are Affected by AIDS," "In the Shadow of the Epidemic," "Grief and AIDS," "AIDS and the New Orphans," "People with HIV and Those Who Help Them, and "Good Doctors, Good Patients." A very well-produced newsletter that would be of interest to the layperson as well as the researcher. Recommended for all libraries.

484. Risk and Recovery: AIDS, HIV and Alcohol, A Handbook for Providers, by Marcia Quackenbush, J.D. Benson, Joanna Rinaldi. 1992. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 242p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-89087-690-8. $16.95. (Descriptors: Prevention, Alcoholics, Rehabilitation, Alcoholism Counseling)

This book is included here, even though it is a 1992 publication, because of the need to continually stress that alcohol can be a cofactor in becoming infected with the AIDS virus. Being impaired while under the influence of alcohol can result in risky behavior. This book is for those counselors and physicians who work with alcoholics. It provides some straightforward information about AIDS and the related diseases as well as some action steps. Recommended for all libraries.

485. AIDS Law for Mental Health Professionals: A Handbook for Judicious Practice, updated version by Gary James Wood, Robert Marks, James W. Dilley. 1992. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 281p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-89087-601-0. $19.95. (Descriptors: Law and Legislation, Mental Health Personnel, Legal Status, Laws)

Another older, but still useful handbook for mental health professionals providing information about being a therapist, witness and advisor, being infected, and other roles. A very well written handbook that should be in the library of every mental health professional as well as all libraries.

486. AIDS and Substance Abuse: A Training Manual for Health Care Professionals, by Barbara G. Faltz, Joanna Rinaldi. 1987. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 100p., bibliog., index. $25.00. (Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Counseling, Health Care)

Although a 1987 publication, still a good general manual that would be of use to anyone in the health care profession. Substance abuse and AIDS is one of the fastest growing areas where HIV infection is occurring. This manual will continue to be of value to all of those working with substance abusers. Recommended for all libraries.

487. Face to Face: A Guide to AIDS Counseling, updated version, edited by James W. Dilley, Cheri Pies, Michael Helquist. 1993. UCSF AIDS Health Project, PO Box 0884, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884. 402p., bibliog., index. ISBN 0-89087-583-9. $16.95. (Descriptors: Psychology, Counseling)

This is a collection of articles by experts in the field of AIDS counseling, giving "practical advice on the epidemic's psychosocial dilemmas." It provides information on counseling as it pertains to antibody testing, HIV prevention in ethnic communities, safer sex, relapse, substance abuse, and legal and ethical dilemmas." An excellent handbook to have on any health care professional's bookshelf. Well written including many case histories. Recommended for all libraries.


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