A new edition of Dr Schoub's informative and lucid account brings the reader up to date on our current understanding of the natural history of HIV infection, new approaches to management of infection and disease and improvements in diagnostic capabilities. This popular book, aimed at the general reader, bridges the gap between specialist science literature and basic educational material available to the general public. Helpful and informative diagrams are adeptly utilised to explain the basic biology of the HIV virus and the immune system which it so lethally undermines. As well as exploring the complex social, legal and ethical issues surrounding infection, Professor Schoub looks ahead to the prospects for a vaccine. A valuable handbook for all those in search of a better understanding of HIV infection and its consequences.
1. Introduction; 2. What is AIDS and how does it manifest itself?; 3. The AIDS virus; 4. The disease mechanisms of HIV; 5. The transmission of HIV infection; 6. The AIDS test; 7. The anti-AIDS drugs; 8. The quest for the AIDS vaccine; 9. The ethics of AIDS; 10. Measuring the dimensions of the AIDS epidemic - AIDS epidemiology; 11. Conclusion - outlook for the future.