Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe author of 100 Questions & Answers About AIDS effectively balances objective information about AIDS with accounts of individual experiences with AIDS and HIV to provide a helpful introductory look at this urgent subject. ``AIDS Fast Facts''-succinct, unflinching discussions about AIDS transmission, ``safer'' sex, the hows and whys of testing, etc.-alternate with a dozen chapter-length Q&A-style interviews. Some of Ford's respondents are HIV-positive while others have an infected friend or relative; all, however, are committed AIDS activists or educators. While their stories are affecting, the actual statements are often rambling and repetitious, and a few speakers rely heavily on pop psychology. On the other hand, the interviewees come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, challenging widespread stereotypes of people with AIDS. This book impressively demonstrates that there is no one population ``at risk''-and that responsible behavior is everyone's business. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
The stories of twelve people whose lives have been touched by AIDS--men, women, and teenagers, family, friends, and caregivers.
School Library JournalGr 8 Up-The human side of AIDS is candidly and poignantly revealed in 12 personal interviews with YAs who are HIV-positive, friends and relatives of AIDS patients, and AIDS educators and activists. Readers will be inspired by the determination and tenacity of those who are speaking out and their dedication to this critical cause. Between the interviews are brief passages of information about HIV and AIDS. The consequences of unprotected sex and the necessary and proper use of condoms are discussed in these ``Fast Fact'' segments. Within the context of sexual behavior, abstention is stated to be the only sure way to avoid exposure to the virus. It is acknowledged, however, that most people will eventually become sexually active, and readers are strongly urged to follow the careful guidelines provided. AIDS hotlines and organizations are listed at the end. This title is similar in content to Elaine Landau's We Have AIDS (Watts, 1990), but Ford's interviews have a more upbeat, hopeful tone and the information sections are longer. A strong choice for discussion groups.-Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN
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