Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Livesby Anonymous
ONE DAY I FOUND OUT THAT SOMEONE I KNOW — MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, JAY — HAD HIV/AIDS. AT THE MOMENT I HEARD HIS DIAGNOSIS, I REALIZED THAT I HAD STEPPED INTO THE QUICKSAND OF A NEW AND TERRIBLE WORLD — AND I WAS SINKING/b>
What is it like to be affected by HIV/AIDS? A moving first-person account offers insight — and basic facts.
ONE DAY I FOUND OUT THAT SOMEONE I KNOW — MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, JAY — HAD HIV/AIDS. AT THE MOMENT I HEARD HIS DIAGNOSIS, I REALIZED THAT I HAD STEPPED INTO THE QUICKSAND OF A NEW AND TERRIBLE WORLD — AND I WAS SINKING FAST.
Weaving together her own story with straightforward questions and answers, the author explains the real ways that HIV/AIDS can be transmitted and explores the common experiences and emotions that might be encountered by friends and family members of someone who has the virus. She also discusses why HIV/AIDS is often still kept a secret and the importance of treating this condition like any other. With up-to-date medical information that has been thoroughly vetted by experts, this first-person narrative offers an invaluable look at what it is like to watch someone you know battle HIV/AIDS.
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.72(w) x 5.15(h) x 0.33(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 Years
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QUICKSAND is a short book. But it's a book that pulls no punches and goes right to the heart of the matter: HIV/AIDS in our midst. The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, intersperses the story of her brother-in-law with straightforward and sometimes blunt information on HIV/AIDS. The book goes quickly, and provides answers to many common questions. It also gives suggestions and tips on how to interact with those infected with the virus. Though the virus has been recognized for over 20 years, and has been around longer than teenagers today, there are still many misconceptions and fears. The information shared may be difficult for some, but overall, the book provides much needed information to many that are seeking to allay their fears or just become more knowledgeable. It's worth reading just as a reminder that the virus isn't transmitted easily, and the bottom line is that it is 100% preventable.
The author’s brother-in-law contracted HIV and wanted to remain anonymous when this book was being written; thus the author is listed as “Anonymous” to protect the patient’s identity. She tells the story of learning about the diagnosis and how family and friends reacted to the news. Her real-life situation shows the fears and lack of understanding that many people, including those around her, have with regard to HIV and AIDS. The book is written for teens and although the topic is serious, the writing speaks well to the age group while not skirting the issues. The glossary includes terms appropriate for the content making the book easily accessible. At just over 100 pages, the book will not turn off teen readers looking to quickly gain information either for personal or school use. Well done.