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Love in the time of HIV - Michael Mancilla
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Michael Mancilla provides a thorough roadmap through the often rough and complicated terrain of finding romance and relationships in the face of HIV.

Mancilla, an HIV-positive psychotherapist, feels passionately about helping HIV-positive gay men find and embrace loving relationships.

The authors address this topic by using a variety of techniques to engage readers, including personal anecdotes, highlighted text boxes, practical tips, quizzes, and numerous references to additional resources.

"Love in the Time of HIV" describes a new era in the history of HIV, one where the authors say HIV-positive men have the luxury of worrying about how to date against the backdrop of HIV, instead of just coping with short-term survival.


On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men
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Delivering the first frank and thorough investigation of life "on the down low," (the D.L.) King exposes a closeted culture of sex between black men who lead "straight" lives.

The trend is proving to have skyrocketing health consequences for wives and girlfriends unwittingly caught in the double lives of their men: African American women represent 68 percent of new HIV cases, and an alarming one out of 160 black women carries the virus, compared to one in 3,000 white women.

Drawn from hundreds of interviews, statistics, and the authorís firsthand knowledge of D.L. behavior, the author reveals the warning signs and protective measures every African American woman needs to know.

Providing a long-overdue wake-up call, King bravely puts the spotlight on a topic that has until now remained dangerously taboo. Volatile yet vital, On the Down Low is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

Black Death : AIDS in Africa by Susan Hunter
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Writing for the general public, medical anthropologist Susan Hunter tells the untold story of HIV/AIDS in Africa, home to 80 percent of the 40 million people in the world currently infected with HIV.

She weaves together the history of colonialism in Africa, an insider's take on the reluctance of drug companies to provide cheap medication and vaccines in poor countries, and personal anecdotes from the 20 years she spent in Africa working on the AIDS crisis.

Hunter looks at what Africans are already doing on the ground level to combat HIV and AIDS, and what the world can and must do to help.

-Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa
"One of the most important books on AIDS to be published... The book is chilling and fascinating in equal measure."

:: More Favourite Reads ::
Diary Entries
HIV/AIDS Coping Mechanisms: "What would a mayfly do?"
Beyond the Borders of HIV/AIDS Treatment Strategies
HIV/AIDS Feminisation: A new wine in an old bottle
Antiretrovirals - The Wind Beneath My Wings
The Mis-education of HIV/AIDS Clinicians
HIV Prevention 101: Ignoring the Church's views on condoms
Stigma and HIV/AIDS: lethal bedfellows
In remembrance of our women and children
Maids, madams and the "terrible thing"
Internet love and inter-related HIV-prejudice
Previously eyes-wide-shut on HIV and religion
Love, lies and disclosure
Black pot and blacker kettle
Things better left unsaid on the bus
Food for thought while waiting to die
Test results not all good
Diary speaks back
The truth about disclosure

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