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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2009
This book is an electric exhibit of 10 very different men with one serious diagnosis in common. The editors have managed to eloquently connect the stories, using the non-sterile language of the storytellers without stripping the men of their individuality. The format is brief, but thorough, leaving the reader hanging on to every word. The book is enlightening and empowering offering hope and clarity to a complicated subject. Discussion Questions are included and may be used as tools to enhance the reading experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2009
For once a book that tells the story that is rarely told -- the other side. Dangerous Intimacy is the biographies of Ten African-American men. Each man has his own unique story to tell and yet, they all have something in common. They are living with HIV/AIDS, have been for many years and are proof that with the right care life does not have to come to a standstill. All of the men are productive members of society who are giving back to their communities. Each one when faced when the knowledge that he has contracted this life threatening disease handles it differently. Their stories are compelling and find a malleable audience clamoring for more information. If, like me, you had unanswered questions about HIV this book will certainly help to clear them up. The book will be a valuable tool in both the classrooms and homes because of the discussion questions located at the end of each chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
Finally getting down to review this heart wrenching book about the lives and struggles of ten men of color. The book winds around the intimate and private plights that lead to these men acquiring an illness that awaken them to the possibilities of a full life. They, individually and collectively find ways to attempt to put their lives and families back on a path of healing and completeness. The story is told in a first person method that grabs intestinally and plummets you on the roller coaster ride with these trouble souls.

A must read for anyone within the social and behavioral health field. It is a good reminder of why many originally of us felt called to do this work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2009
This book kills all of the stereotypes about this misunderstood disease of HIV. Reading the stories of each one of these individuals has opened my mind to the personal struggle of having to not only cope with this sickness, But also having to cope with today's society. Reading about what they sacrificed and what they accomplished while learning to live their lives. As a Black man living in these modern times of Drug use and unprotected sex, I felt compelled to purchase this Gritty, truth telling hold nothing back book. The stories within these pages will take you on a nonstop rollercoaster ride into a world unlike any other. A MUST BUY !!!!!
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on December 5, 2012
It was interesting to hear the different stories of the men and how they got HIV. They let you into their lives by detailing their childhood through adulthood and intimate details of their drug and sexual abuse. It was an interesting read as well as informative. It gave insight on how they are able to live their lives with the virus. There were questions after each gentleman's story which I did not read after the first one. I believed that was more for in-depth discussions if you were reading this book as a group.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I've never read such a depressing book. It just portrays a negative views of African Americans in today's culture. AIDS is a serious problem, but not only with gays and not only with blacks. It's a disease that doesn't discriminate, it crosses borders and has killed millions of people. I don't know what these two authors were thinking writing such a book in such a way that portrays African Americans in such a negative way. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.

-Ken
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