Focus On Living

Focus On Living

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Focus On Living

More than 900,000 Americans are now living with the HIV virus. Although thousands of them die each year, advances in medical treatment have allowed many people to control the infection and survive longer. But what are their lives like? This book combines superb photographs and compelling first-person accounts to document the feelings and experiences of a wide range of Americans who are carrying the HIV virus. In these pages, men and women speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and how they have come to terms with the presence of this chronic and potentially deadly disease.

The forty people in the book come from a diverse array of geographic, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. They are young and old, gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender. Some have unexpectedly extended their lives and gone back to work, thanks to protease inhibitors and other new drugs. Others worry about the side effects of the medicines and struggle to maintain their health.

What becomes clear in these interviews is that HIV is everybody's disease — it knows no boundaries. Yet there are some in our society who still prefer to blame the afflicted rather than embrace them. By allowing HIV-positive people to speak openly and movingly about their lives, Focus on Living seeks to remove the curtain of invisibility that still cloaks the disease and to reduce the stigma that contributes to silence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558493940
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 07/30/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Paul A. Volberding is professor and vice chair, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, and chief of the Medical Service at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Witnessing an Epidemicxix
Portraits and Interviews
Maurice Anthony3
Cleve Jones7
Nicholas Metcalf17
Kim Olivares21
Joseph Jacques31
Paula Peterson and Griff Butler41
Stephanie Rhodes51
Dierro Muniz57
Bernard Pechter63
Dorothy Chapman and Whitney Grant69
Ricci Jo Moix75
Susan Rodriguez83
Michael Naraval89
Sherri Bennette95
Connie Amarathithada101
Demetri Moshoyannis107
Deborah Scheer, mother of Dillon113
Arthur Martin121
Beverly Henry135
Judy Ricci141
Ron Wilmot147
Diane Adams155
William Mason161
Stephanic Selisky165
Ruben Alicea171
Beth Hastie177
Marvin Wells183
Seana O'Farrell189
Edward L. Kingsley195
Steven Isenberg203
Luis Delgado209
Luana Clark217
Jerry Peterson223
Ron Glasser229
Anya Blackman239
Donna Nathan245
Vince Crisostomo251

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Jeanne Braham

An inspiring and educational book.... Banish's portraits rivet and resonate. In the tradition of Dorothea Lange and James Agee, Focus on Living documents social and psychological phenomena in a way that makes readers look at what they otherwise might avoid — and in the looking, see with fresh eyes.

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