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Inside AIDS : HIV attacks the immune system
Storad, Conrad J.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Discusses the reaction of the human body to viruses, the AIDS virus (HIV), and its effect on the human immune system.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.5 3.0 4402.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.8 7 Quiz: 35106 Guided reading level: W.
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RC607.A26 S755 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC607.A26 S755 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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HIV and AIDS have become familiar terms to millions of people as individuals and communities all over the globe struggle to stop the spread of this modern plague. But what exactly are HIV and AIDS? How does HIV penetrate and reproduce itself within the immune system? When does HIV become AIDS? Inside AIDS explains how the immune system works, how HIV hijacks the immune system, and ultimately, how AIDS kills. It also discusses new drug treatments and offers fresh hope for finding a cure.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. In spite of its slight format, this book is surprisingly complex because it explains the actual cellular structure of the body and its immune system, and how the HIV virus "tricks" the host cells into replicating it rather than destroying it. This complicated information is surrounded by the more traditional discussions of the history, prevention, detection, and treatment of the disease. Of particular note are the full-color, electron-micrography and computer-generated photographs of cells and the HIV virus, as well as an easy-to-understand series of illustrations of how HIV infects a human cell. This is not a typical book about HIV/AIDS; rather, it is one that will expand the information base of most school and YA collections. In spite of a lack of references and a bibliography, it should be considered as a definite purchase. Glossary; further information. --Frances Bradburn

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Focusing on the biological effects of the HIV virus on the human immune system, Storad offers a detailed scientific perspective on the disease that one does not find in other books on the subject. Whereas most titles tend to view the disease as more of a social problem and concentrate on how it can be combated and prevented, this one presents an in-depth study of the characteristics of the virus and how it invades and destroys the immune system. The author begins with a brief history of the AIDS epidemic, tracing its beginnings in the 1980s through 1995 statistics. The next few chapters explore the virus, how the disease is transmitted, and how it attacks the immune system. Effective but rather gruesome photographs show the outward physical effects of AIDS. There are also numerous color diagrams that outline the structure and characteristics of the HIV virus. The book concludes with a discussion of the different methods of preventing the spread of AIDS and a look at the latest developments in treatments and the search for a cure. The most recent information Storad includes on these developments is from 1997, and he does a good job of explaining technical facts clearly and concisely. A useful update.-Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.