Voices of AIDS: Twelve Unforgettable People Talk about how AIDS Has Changed Their Lives


The stories of twelve people whose lives have been touched by AIDS--men, women, and teenagers, family, friends, and caregivers.
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The stories of twelve people whose lives have been touched by AIDS--men, women, and teenagers, family, friends, and caregivers.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 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.)
School Library Journal
Gr 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
Stephanie Zvirin
r. 812. This is neither the usual narrative-style compilation of interviews as Janet Bode and Susan Kuklin's books usually are, nor a fact book about AIDS though it does contain explicit information in alternating, brief "AIDS Fast Fact" chapters. It is, instead, a selection of traditional interviews in which Ford introduces 12 people who have entered the fight against AIDS, sometimes because they're HIV-positive themselves, but usually with a larger purpose in mind--to make a contribution to AIDS education. Consequently, their concerns go much deeper than the way AIDS changed their lives, and Ford's careful, pointed questions bring out issues related to self-esteem, stereotyping, and discrimination that make the people he's talking to seem very real. A music promoter talks about how his Red Hot Organization earns money for AIDS; a former prostitute discusses her past and her current role counseling working prostitutes about HIV/AIDS at Chicago's Genesis House; a young gay man, who learned he was HIV-positive during his teens, speaks candidly about why AIDS education in school didn't work for him and tells what he is now doing to "put a face to HIV." Many of Ford's interviewees are women, and their inclusion reinforces the message that AIDS is an equal opportunity disease. Despite the subject, the book is still hopeful: it is, after all, filled with the faith and dedication of people committed to getting the word out. A list of resource organizations is appended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688053222
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 225
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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