Answering Your Questions About AIDS
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Thirteen million people in the world have been infected with the HIV virus. More than half a million Americans have been diagnosed with AIDS. Over 300,000 have already died.
Because education is the first line of defense in the fight against AIDS, we need reliable, up-to-date information about the number one killer of young men and women in the United States. While the basic facts are known, the public remains misinformed about many crucial aspects of AIDS.
This collection of 350 of the most commonly asked questions about HIV infection and AIDS provides succinct, plain-English answers that conform with the best, most current medical and psychological research. Culled from a sample of 1,600 questions addressed to two major urban AIDS hotlines, these questions represent more closely the concerns of the general reader than any previous discussion of the subject.
Facts and solid guidance are further enhanced by the inclusion of
- a glossary of terms and selected medications
- a directory of local and national HIV/AIDS resources
- a listing of state and national hotline numbers
- HIV - The Virus That Causes AIDS
- HIV Infection and How It Causes AIDS
- Sex, Drugs, and AIDS
- People at Risk
- Can I Get AIDS From…?
- HIV Testing
- Caring for People With AIDS
- Ethics and the Law
- Preventing AIDS
- Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- AIDS-Defining Opportunistic Illnesses
- Directory of Local and National Resources for HIV/AIDS
National Centers and Hotlines
About the Author
Seth C. Kalichman is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University. He has published extensively on the psychological aspects of the HIV–AIDS epidemic. His research focuses on identifying factors that determine HIV risk behavior, testing prevention programs, and studying the psychological coping of people with HIV infection. His AIDS research has been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Health Psychology, and the Journal of Personality Assessment. Dr. Kalichman is also the author of Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse: Ethics, Law, and Policy, and Understanding AIDS: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, both published by the American Psychological Association. He has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Health Psychology and the Journal of Personality Assessment.
Dr. Kalichman received his PhD in Clinical–Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and did his undergraduate work at the University of South Florida. He was formerly a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research and clinical interests include the psychosocial aspects of AIDS, human sexuality, sexual violence, child maltreatment, and public policy. Dr. Kalichman currently dedicates all of his effort to developing behavioral strategies to prevent the spread of HIV infection in urban settings and to addressing the psychological needs of people affected by HIV and AIDS.