November #107 : A Woman’s Guide to Living With HIV Infection - by Tracy Bruce

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Vote '04-Who’s better for people with HIV?

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In Stores-and In Store

Brush With Nausea

Rebel With a Cause

A Woman’s Guide to Living With HIV Infection

Those Other Pills

Marijuana Mama

Found a cure

Founder's Letter


Senior Class


Inside Story

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 2004

A Woman’s Guide to Living With HIV Infection

by Tracy Bruce

Astraightforward manual, probably most useful for newly diagnosed women, with lingo simply explained: “These tests include ‘routine’ laboratory tests (called ‘labs’) that check your blood count, blood sugar….” The introduction assures HIVers that we aren’t alone and needn’t be embarrassed—comforting even to a long-termer like me. And the appendix lists everything from print and online resources to phone hotlines.

The 19 other chapters cover concerns including labs, meds, opportunistic infections, gynecology and reproduction. Social issues such as disclosure, substance abuse, domestic abuse and depression turn up, too.

The big letdown? Sexuality. This crucial, complex issue for HIVers is barely mentioned aside from safe(r) sex. Another complaint: In this book—authored by so many people with initials after their names—Viramune was consistently misspelled. Still, the book spells much-needed help for women HIVers.

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