Lots of books give the facts about AIDS, but this book does something much more important: it makes them real. These interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, all affected in some way by AIDS, destroy the myth that AIDS only matters to "other people." An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, this honest, poignant and inspiring collection of voices was called "hard-hitting but wholly compassionate" by Kirkus.
From Publishers Weekly
The author of 100 Questions & Answers About AIDS effectively balances objective information about AIDS with accounts of individual experiences with AIDS and HIV to provide a helpful introductory look at this urgent subject. "AIDS Fast Facts"-succinct, unflinching discussions about AIDS transmission, "safer" sex, the hows and whys of testing, etc.-alternate with a dozen chapter-length Q&A-style interviews. Some of Ford's respondents are HIV-positive while others have an infected friend or relative; all, however, are committed AIDS activists or educators. While their stories are affecting, the actual statements are often rambling and repetitious, and a few speakers rely heavily on pop psychology. On the other hand, the interviewees come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, challenging widespread stereotypes of people with AIDS. This book impressively demonstrates that there is no one population "at risk"-and that responsible behavior is everyone's business. Ages 12-up.
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