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Facing HIV: A Resource for Primary Healthcare
  1. Sarah Edwards
  1. Department of GU Medicine, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2QZ

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    Contributors: Annalisa Rossi, Margaret Allen, Sirrka-Liisa Nurkkala, Begona Gros, Cristina Martinez-Bueno. £29.38. East Lancashire Health Authority, South Lancashire Health Authority, University of Central Lancashire, The Faculty of Health, and The Centre for Learning Technologies at the University of Central Lancashire

    This is an interesting CD Rom which, gives a very personal guide to issues surrounding HIV—covering the experience of the patient, carer and healthcare professionals.

    Four main sections cover the following areas: Living with HIV, Is HIV different? Loss, grieving and bereavement, Supporting people affected by HIV.

    These areas are illustrated by short video clips and backed up by further information. Basic information is given about HIV treatment, the impact of diagnosis and of ill health, and other related topics. Unfortunately the information about drug treatment is already outdated and there is no search facility.

    The strength of this CD Rom is the view it gives of the emotional responses to HIV and the strategies for coping with the infection from the viewpoint of those involved. The academic content is limited but it is worth a look for the patient perspectives.

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