The contributors to this volume point out that HIV/AIDS disproportionally affects poor women, women of color, and drug users, and that western feminism still predominately addresses the interests of white middle class women. Women and AIDS covers four areas where women encounter psychological issues of AIDS: HIV antibody testing of women and its relationship to reproductive rights; women's perceptions of and practices around their HIV "risk" and their sexuality and drug use; women's experiences of working voluntarily and professionally with people living with HIV and AIDS; and representations of women and AIDS in scientific, policy, and media discourses. "Corrine Squire has produced a volume that is of considerable value to anyone interested in HIV/AIDS and/or in women's health issues. It makes a significant contribution to the discussion of an important area of concern in today's world. It is to be hoped that it will be widely read, and--more importantly--seriously discussed." --Sexual and Marital Therapy "There is certainly a need for a good, readable, practical book on the particular challenges that confront the woman with HIV infection or AIDS; the woman caring for family members, perhaps in two or more generations, who are HIV-positive; and caregivers interested in the particular medical and psychological needs of such women. Women and AIDS examines the specific effects of the HIV epidemic on women rather than seeing them as either hapless victims or 'vessels of transmission.' . . . Questions raised by the book are thought-provoking and important." --The New England Journal of Medicine "This is a highly interesting and at times disturbing compilation. . . . Future books should pay greater attention to a central recommendation put forward by this book: the development of complex theories of women's experience of HIV/AIDS rather than amassing of empirical findings." --The Psychologist "Raising the health care provider's awareness of the specific medical needs of the HIV positive woman is long overdue. . . . The book is effective at elucidating areas of inequality, challenging the reader. . . . I recommend this book as an introduction to the psychosocial and medical issues surrounding women and HIV." --New England Journal of Optometry
PART ONE: HIV AND WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Reproductive Choice in the Age of AIDS
HIV Testing in Pregnancy
PART TWO: HIV TRANSMISSION RISK
Sherry Deren, Stephanie Tortu and W Rees Davis
An AIDS Risk Reduction Project with Inner-City Women
E Anne Lown, Karen Winkler, Robert E Fullilove and Mindy Thompson Fullilove
`Tossin' and Tweakin'
PART THREE: WOMEN PROVIDING AIDS-RELATED SERVICES
Women Volunteers at GMHC
Jane M Ussher
PART FOUR: REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN AND AIDS
Knowing AIDS through the Televised Science Documentary
`With Champagne and Roses'