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A Fully Revised and Updated Edition of the Award-winning Text Completely updated with the latest findings and statistical information available, the new Sixth Edition of this award-winning text continues to educate students about effectively controlling the spread of HIV and AIDS. Designed for non-science majors taking a special topics and/or general education course, AIDS: The Biological Basis is a comprehensive and accessible text that explores the history of AIDS, includes the latest information on HIV testing, and provides background material to help students understand the biological basis of this continuing pandemic. The fully updated and revised Sixth Edition includes an all-new focus on immunology, providing more background information for students so they can fully appreciate the mechanisms used by HIV to overcome the body's defenses. The text also includes new material on the pharmacology used to treat HIV/AIDS and the latest available epidemiological data. The Sixth Edition incorporates key pedagogical features of previous editions, as well as updated study materials, global facts about HIV, and question-and-answer sections that reinforce main concepts. Ideally suited for both undergraduate and graduate students in biology, microbiology, nursing, and public health programs, AIDS: The Biological Basis provides readers with an extensive breadth of basic knowledge in AIDS immunopathology, epidemiology, the design and function of AIDS drugs, and the ongoing search for a vaccine.