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Four Books About HIV You Should Read

Posted on September 10, 2019

Thousands of members of myHIVteam connect with one another and read each other's stories to gain perspective and validation about living with HIV. Another way to discover how to live better with HIV is through books written by people who are also living with it. We combed through member book recommendations and collected a list of the most popular.

1. And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
This investigative masterpiece about the AIDs epidemic and its effect on 20th-century society is a must-read to understand the social history of HIV and how far we have come.

2. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner
This 2 part, 90's Pulitzer prize-winning play has been considered one of the best fictional representation of HIV/AIDs in literature.

3. Nurses On The Inside: Stories Of The HIV/AIDS Epidemic In NYC by District Books Tree, Ellen Matzer, and Valery Hughes
This top new release is a series of true accounts by nurses who witnessed and worked during the New York AIDs epidemic. Their story is told to give voices to a lost generation and to make sure history is not repeated.

4. Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality by Celeste Watkins-Hayes
The voices of women, especially trans women, are often silenced in the discussion of HIV and AIDs. What incredible transformations have women with HIV contributed to diminishing the epidemic and making societal change?

Check out some book recommendations and favorites from Members of myHIVteam:

"We are so grateful to be nominated and honored by POZ Magazine as two of the POZ 100 people over 50."

"I've been doing a lot of research over the last few weeks just trying to get a broader understanding of where the virus sits at and what they are currently doing now during these research studies, findings, and new evidence."

"I think the episode with myself and Richie the Barber was very well done, and both the clown and the dragon had great fun and I am glad for this opportunity to educate the public about body modifications and about HIV."

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