HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

Synopsis

A comprehensive account of HIV and AIDS, the management of the disease and potential vaccines. This book is essential reading for medical students and clinicians, and of major interest to students and researchers in the life sciences.

Excerpt

It is now over 10 years since the first isolation of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the aids epidemic continues to grow. Both clinical and scientific research have made rapid progress; possibly more resources have been directed at this disease than any other, certainly over such a comparatively short time-scale. Early detection of the virus in blood for transfusion has allowed effective preventative measures to be implemented; the clinical effects of the first antiviral agents have been evaluated and candidate vaccines are being developed. However, there is still much to be learned about the mechanisms of pathogenesis; there is still no effective prevention or cure in sight. Education is our best hope: education of those at risk can prevent the spread of infection, while education of clinicians and carers can go a long way to alleviate the suffering of those already infected. It is our hope that this small volume will assist the latter group in the management of infected individuals in their care and may also provide facts for the educators in their quest to prevent further infection.

K.E. Nye

J.M. Parkin

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