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Book and Media Reviews
July 25, 2012

Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic: Finding Solutions That Work

Author Affiliations
 

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Community Mental Health Council Inc and Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (carlcbell@pol.net).

JAMA. 2012;308(4):411-412. doi:10.1001/jama.308.4.411

The world is beginning to appreciate how human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has affected children's lives. Because the authors of Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic have worked closely with children touched by AIDS and have witnessed their ordeals, this book is not simply an academic exercise. The text presents numerous pearls of wisdom and information about how to mount large-scale HIV/AIDS interventions. The pandemic is stabilizing, but the disadvantaged are hit hardest. The book underscores the trauma that AIDS visits on children and points out that families are clearly the best protection for children. Unmistakably, the first step is to prevent HIV in children, followed by treatment of infected children. Regrettably, treatment has lagged behind.

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