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A Practical Guide to HIV/AIDS in Africa: The Disease, Its Prevention, and Basic Home Care is a comprehensive primer about HIV/AIDS tailored for Africans. It draws on Darrell E. Ward's experience in southern and West Africa working with Africans fighting the AIDS epidemic and conducting HIV education. Ward describes the virus and the evidence of its African origins, and explains HIV disease and its prevention and treatment. In addition, he suggests ways for overcoming stigma and educating young people about sex and HIV. This comprehensive prevention and treatment manual addresses abstinence, faithfulness, and safer-sex practices. A chapter on antiretroviral therapy explains the drugs that can control HIV disease and that are becoming available in Africa through the World Health Organization. Diagrams of the female and male reproductive systems are included to help women understand their body and help illustrate why women are more susceptible than men to HIV infection. Filled with practical information about living with HIV and about caring for people with AIDS in resource-limited settings, A Practical Guide to HIV/AIDS in Africa is an indispensable reference for African nurses, social and health workers, university and medical students, journalists, and secondary-school science teachers, as well as HIV-related nongovernmental organizations, school principals, government workers with national AIDS programs, and people living with HIV and their caregivers.
Darrell E. Ward is associate director of Cancer and Public Health Communications at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is the author of The AmFAR AIDS Handbook: The Complete Guide to Understanding HIV and AIDS. A Fulbright Scholar, he spent two months each in Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe working with Africans fighting the AIDS epidemic.