Synopses & Reviews
Many people believe that AIDS has moved from being the "gay men's disease" it was in the 1980s and early 1990s to being a disease that affects mainly people in the developing world. While the numbers of deaths in the developing world do indeed dwarf those in the industrialized world, when people can now extend their lives for many decades through anti retroviral drugs two important facts still remain: I here is no cure for AIDS, and unprotected sex can kill. The public health messages of the 1990s have been forgotten as a new generation of young men and women throughout North America and Europe are returning to sex without condoms, resulting in an increase in HIV numbers after several years of decline. And senior citizens are contracting the disease they thought was the province of other age groups, other cultures. Dr. Monica Sweeney is on the front line of the fight against AIDS both as a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and as a doctor working in the heart of the inner city at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Health Center, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. She sees every day the effect of HIV and AIDS on families and neighborhoods. Direct and uncompromising. "The Condom Bible focuses on the teahty of human lives and choices. Boldly and honestly, it gives you the facts what condoms are, who makes them, where to get them, and how to use them. Full of fun, quirky facts, "The Condom Bible will not only make you a condom expert but could even save your life.
"In a forthright, practical handbook, Sweeney (aided by co-author Grisman) delivers her urgent message: 'a condom can keep you from dying.' The v-p of medical affairs at New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center and a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Sweeney marshals sobering statistics (there are 47 million people with AIDS worldwide; by 2001, there were 15 million children orphaned by the disease) and delivers firm recommendations to sexually active Americans ('Make an appointment. Get the test. Make those calls. Use protection. That's how the spread of AIDS stops'). While HIV-cocktails are expensive and far from universally available, and an AIDS vaccine is years in the future, condoms are cheap and plentiful, Sweeney says, and anyone-church, organization, political party-that withholds information about sex and condom use is 'condemning people to death.' Sweeney's hard-line position may scare some sexually active people-and as long as it scares them into having protected sex, that's just fine with her." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Direct and uncompromising, bold and honest, "Condom Sense" provides the facts: what condoms are, who makes them, where to get them, and how to use them. Full of fun, quirky facts, this book will not only make the reader a condom expert but could even save his or her life.