From triple helix - summer 2009 - AIDS: I'm Not at Risk, Am I?
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Joy and Ray Thomas
Judah Trust/OM 2005
No price given. Pb 224pp.
ISBN 978 0 95529 170 8
The full text is available on the Judah Trust website: www.judahtrust.org
Now in its third imprint, the Thomas's book was written to answer the many questions and concerns they have responded to in the course of two decades of ministry around the world. Aimed at the lay reader, including the worried well, the bereaved, those living with HIV and AIDS, and those who care for them, this book is nevertheless comprehensive.
It goes into technical detail about the virus and about tests and treatments, as well as looking at issues around counselling and helping the bereaved, including those who have lost children to AIDS. It looks at biblical responses to HIV and the issues it raises, and at practical pastoral care for those living with the spiritual pain and isolation that an HIV-positive or AIDS diagnosis can bring.
Using stories, power point slides in the form of a lecture, and other illustrations, the book aims to communicate complex issues in direct and practical ways. It is a useful resource for churches, and while the clinical sections are not detailed enough for a physician to find useful, it does address psychosocial and spiritual issues in a manner that will be relevant to any Christian doctor with HIV-positive patients.