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
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.