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The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199944972
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"A modern day parable of loss and resilience. Dr. Halkitis relates the stories of these men with empathy, compassion and connection. Yet, he also embeds the tale within a scientific and historical framework that contextualizes the AIDS epidemic as the public health crisis that rewrote the book on activism and the politics of disease. By focusing on the narratives of individual men, The AIDS Generation artfully illuminates and humanizes the history of the AIDS pandemic." –Ramani Durvasula, PhD, Professor of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles

"This book is a remarkable testament to members of the AIDS generation, to the terrors and wonders, the loneliness of illness and loss but also the power of community and resilience that evolved. Dr. Halkitis presents the voices of 15 gay men framed in the context of his own conceptualizations derived from his years of research and teaching about HIV/AIDS and the lives of gay men. The stories are gripping, the writing lucid, and the book will be a lasting contribution to the history of the times and members of his--the AIDS--generation." –Judith G. Rabkin, PhD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

"I felt such kinship reading these stories. It was mostly luck that got us through the plague years, but I share more than a virus with these men. We are proudly gay, and have forged unique strengths by getting this far. The AIDS generation shattered the American myth of gay weakness." –Peter Staley, AIDS and gay rights activist, founder and advisory editor of AIDSmeds

"From one of our leading researchers on HIV among gay men comes a powerful portrayal of courage and resilience that is hopeful and deeply personal. Through compelling interviews with 15 middle age gay men who have been living with HIV for decades, Halkitis conveys the fear and anger of the dark days before antiretroviral therapy when prejudice and hysteria reigned. He describes the strength and vision of many gay men living with HIV whose activism helped transform the disease in the 1980s and 1990s. He also addresses emerging issues of older adults living with HIV, and the connection between anti-gay public policies and social norms and gay men's health. Halkitis weaves in epidemiological research and policy analysis to create a picture of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that is both accessible and nuanced." –Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute, Assistant Professor, New York University

"Upon completing Perry's beautiful volume, the reader will come to understand two things. First, antiretroviral therapy is not the panacea that many may believe it to be. Perry demonstrates that aging gay men face a gauntlet of unpredictable physical and psychological challenges. Second, resilience, courage, and strength are three terms that best characterize the current generation of gay men bravely aging with HIV/AIDS." –Timothy G. Heckman, PhD, Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia

"This book allows a group of remarkable men to tell us about their survival during a remarkable period of gay history. They have a lot to teach future historians--and us--about life, survival, humanity and resilience." –Ron Stall, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

"I believe there are two audiences for this book: long-term survivors who count themselves among the warriors, and younger men who need to learn. If you fall into either category, then reading The AIDS Generation will be a worthwhile experience." –Washington Blade

"A groundbreaking new book." –Equality

"Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival, and resilience of his generation of gay men--the AIDS Generation." –PositiveLite.com

"There is plenty for academics in this book, but casual readers will find something here, too." –LGBT Weekly

"Halkitis, a longtime LGBT and HIV researcher, has collected the deeply moving life stories of 15 men who tell not only of surviving the grimmest years of the epidemic, but also of aging with HIV, something many never dreamed possible." –Human Rights Campaign Equality Magazine

"These are stories that need to be heard. It's a remarkable and accessible book about a terrifying time in gay history, a time that's still with all of us, even a little bit, no matter how badly we want to move on." –A&U

"The AIDS Generation spoke not only to my own academic interests, but more deeply, it evoked something in my own life history and that of my friends and colleagues. I am sure many readers will have a similar response. Halkitis's writing is accessible to audiences beyond academic circles. Social workers, psychologists, and other social services professionals will find it helpful and enjoyable." –AIDS Education and Prevention

"One can view this book as an important contribution in documenting the journeys of those of the AIDS generation, and perhaps with more contributions like this book, the helping professionals can generate more inclusive perspectives and frameworks to use in their professional activities and in our personal lives." –Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

About the Author


Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH, is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean at New York University. Dr. Halkitis' program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations, and he is well known as one of the nation's leading experts on substance use and HIV behavioral research. Dr. Halkitis hold degrees in both psychology and public health.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199944970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199944972
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really, really special. Beautifully humanizes HIV/AIDS by aiming its lens at the intelligence, strength, and perseverance of its subjects. A must-read for anyone interested in public health, psychology, HIV/AIDS, or even the pages of history that the book describes. Halkitis honors the memory of those who were felled by the epidemic by sharing these narratives.
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What makes this book so remarkable is the authenticity of the men's personal stories . From including the " ums" and the obscenities, you can tell that the survivors stories weren't sanitized to make them more palpable . This gives the anecdotes a raw power that will hopefully spark a conversation between these heroes and the newly affected people. This book will be treasured by everyone affected by this epidemic. Everyone.
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Incredibly insightful and timely. The AIDS Generation opens the door for the next generation to contextualize what life was like during the epidemic and how we can draw on the strengths and stories of those who have survived. I encourage all young adults to read, remember, and utilize this information as we move forward. Our history is written by those who are alive to tell it. Encourage survivors to tell their stories and work in solidarity with young adults to end the epidemic.
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In The AIDS Generation, Dr. Halkitis provides a robust and compelling depiction of the "Bravest Generation" of gay men; long term survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. Through the meticulous and faithful retelling of the stories of 15 men of this generation, Dr. Halkitis offers the reader a glimpse into the almost unimaginable loss, confusion, desperation and uncertainty that marked those early years, pre-ART. Yet he is dutiful in recounting their stories of strength, hope, love, and remarkable resilience as well. For those who work in the HIV field, this text sets forth to lay the foundation for a wider discussion about how the experiences of these men can inform our prevention and healthcare approaches for all those affected.
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This is a very interesting and touching book, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in HIV or public health. Dr. Perry Halkitis conducted in-depth interviews with fifteen middle-aged men who have had HIV/AIDS for decades. He describes the fear and discrimination experienced by these men, and discusses how their courage and activism led to important changes in public opinion and associated policy. What makes this book such an interesting read is that AIDS was thought to be a death sentence 20+ years ago, but it is no longer a death sentence, in part, due to the courage and resilience of the men interviewed throughout this book. Highly recommended.
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A personal and powerful read that brings to light the struggles faced by members of this generation and the hope that still resides in their hearts. This book provides an insight into what happens when lives suddenly declared over are unexpectedly redeemed. Dr. Halkitis reveals the hardships and triumphs of these men while granting the reader a doorway into previously hidden pain.
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I wanted to add one more kudo to the many well-deserved for The AIDS Generation. I have to say I wasn’t exactly looking forward to reading it. I thought it would, and it did, bring me back to feelings I wasn’t sure I wanted to feel again and places I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to again. In a sense Dr. Halkitis wrote the biography of all of us gay men of a certain age, especially gay men living in New York City. Whether or not we were infected with the virus, we were all infected with the terror, rage, and inconsolable sadness of that time. As he aptly points out, we all have our stories, and this book took me back through mine. I was especially thankful for the emphasis he placed on the inner strength and resilience of the men he wrote about – and the many he didn’t – who created a community the likes of which humankind has rarely seen – a community which gave us the strength and resources to survive the holocaust of our time. While at intervals painful, the stories were ultimately uplifting and hopeful. The book also reminded me that AIDS is far from over. Thank you, Dr. Halkitis, for writing a book which very much needed to be written.
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This book gets to the core of the "AIDS generation" through the stories of various individuals' lives. If you're looking for a book that combines research with real life testaments, you'll have to pick this one up. Dr. Perry Halkitis does one hell of a job at educating the reader of the impacts of HIV/AIDS regardless of previous knowledge. Read this book--you won't regret it.
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