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AIDS Crisis

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Book Recommendations


  • Adult
    • Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Science by Steven Epstein
    • Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS by Anne-Christine d’Adesky
    • The Moral Economy of AIDS in South Africa by Nicoli Nattrass
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
    • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer
    • Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders by Dan Bortolotti (not AIDS specific)
    • 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen
    • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
    • AIDS Update 2009 by Gerald Stine
    • Black Death: AIDS in Africa by Susan Hunter
    • AIDS in the Twenty-First Century, Fully Revised and Updated Edition: Disease and Globalization by Tony Barnett
    • The African AIDS Epidemic: A History by John Iliffe
    • ‘Letting Them Die’: Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Often Fail by Catherine Campbell
    • HIV and AIDS in Africa: Beyond Epidemiology by Ezekiel Kalipeni
    • Global AIDS: Myths and Facts, Tools for Fighting the AIDS Pandemic by Alexander Irwin
    • AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis – Yet by Alex de Waal
    • The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani
    • HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction by Alan Whiteside
    • The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa by Helen Epstein
    • The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS by Jonathan Engel
    • AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States by Patricia D. Siplon
    • An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the Twenty-First Century by James Orbinski (not AIDS specific)
    • The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive by Marvelyn Brown and Courtney Martin
    • I Live Here by Mia Kirshner
    • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese
    • There Is No Me without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Her Country’s Children by Melissa Fay Greene
  • Young Adult

  • Middle Grade

  • Picture Books


  • Adult

    • Vital Signs: Essential AIDS Fiction by Richard Canning, Ed.
    • What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
    • The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
    • Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett (Christian fiction)
    • Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World by Tom Davis
  • Young Adult

    • Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton
    • Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton
  • Middle Grade

    • The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis
  • Picture Books

Media Recommendations


And the Band Played On — HBO film

HIV & Me — BBC documentary

Websites & Blog Recommendations

Beads of Hope

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