Written by noted experts in the field who have years of experience
The Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS among African Americans.- HIV/AIDS and Latino Populations in the US:Epidemiology, Prevention and Barriers to Care and Treatment.- Antiretroviral Therapy and Communities of Color.- Overcoming Challenges to Successful Treatment Outcomes in Minority Patients with HIV/AIDS.- Access to Culturally Competent Care for Patients Living with HIV/AIDS.- Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: Epidemiology, Clinical Aspects, and Management.- Management of Pregnancy in HIV-Infected Women and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission.- Management of Pregnancy in HIV-infected Women and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission.- Dermatologic Manifestations of HIV in Communities of Color.- Men Who Have Sex With Men of Color in the Age of AIDS:The Sociocultural Contexts of Stigma, Marginalization, and Structural Inequalities.- HIV Prevention and Heterosexual African-American Women.- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues: Coping with Dual and Triple Diagnoses.- African-Americans and HIV Research.- The Impact of HIV Policies and Politics on Communities of Color.- Moving Toward a Unified Global HIV/AIDS Agenda: Communities of Color in Crisis.
More people in communities of color are contracting, living with, and being treated for HIV/AIDS than ever before. In 2005, 71% of new AIDS cases were diagnosed in people of color. The rate of HIV infection in the African-American community alone has increased from 25% of total cases diagnosed in 1985 to 50% in 2005. Latinos similarly comprise a disproportionate segment of the AIDS epidemic: though they make up only 14% of the U.S. population, 20% of AIDS cases diagnosed in 2004 were Latino/a.
Though the number of racial and ethnic minority HIV/AIDS cases continues to grow, the health care community has been unable to adequately meet the unique medical needs of these populations. African-American, Latino/Latina, and other patients of color are less likely to seek medical care, have sufficient access to the health care system, or receive the drugs they need for as long as they need them.
HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities acknowledges the prevalence of HIV/AIDS within minority communities in the U.S. and strives to educate physicians about the barriers to treatment that exist for minority patients. By analyzing the main causes of treatment failure and promoting respect for individual and cultural values, this book effectively teaches readers to provide responsive, patient-centered care and devise preventive strategies for minority communities. Comprehensive chapters contributed by physicians with extensive experience dealing with HIV/AIDS in minority communities cover issues as far-reaching as: anti-retroviral therapy; dermatologic manifestations and co-morbidities of the disease in patients of color; unique risks to women and MSMs of color; participation of minority cases in HIV research; and substance abuse and mental health issues.