AIDS and Other Manifestations of HIV Infection
Human history has been marked by episodic plagues, and AIDS is only a recent virulent expression of one of these natural phenomena. AIDS has, however, the potential to be the greatest natural tragedy in human history. This book provides an interim report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and other manifestations of HIV infection. It was written to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible of the biologic properties of the etiologic viral agent, its clinico-pathological manifestations including AIDS, the epidemiology of its infection, and present or future therapeutic and preventive options. In the same manner as for other infectious diseases when they have become better understood, AIDS is approached from the perspective of the etiologic agent. Consequently, AIDS is seen as a complex manifestation of an even more complex array of clinical and laboratory findings in the biologic expression of this viral infection of man. In this work, the Editors and Contributors have synthesized their experiences and research to bring together fundamental information regarding AIDS. The information is intended as a guide to assist in the understanding of the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment, and management of AIDS. But, the facts regarding AIDS are changing almost daily, as new information is uncovered. Future research could reveal facts contrary to those now found in this book, or information that materially alters the significance of particular facts or theories presently advanced.
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