books of interest
AIDS: Myths and Facts
Tools for Fighting the AIDS Pandemic
Alexander Irwin, Joyce Millen, and Dorothy Fallows
Introduction by Paul Farmer, Preface by Zackie Achmat
South End Press, 2003, 296 pages
ISBN 0-89608-673-9 paper $19.00
Today, 42 million people
are living with HIV/AIDS—the vast majority of them in the developing
Yet even as life-prolonging treatment with antiretrovirals has become
the standard of care in the United States and other affluent countries,
those afflicted in low-income countries are fighting the disease without
access to minimal care OR drugs. In fact, according to the UN, only
300,000 people in poor countries are receiving antiretrovirals.
Global AIDS: Myths and Facts shatters 10 myths about HIV/AIDS treatment
and prevention—such as "AIDS is an African problem," "treatment in developing
countries is not technically feasible," and the myth of limited resources"—while
calling for an international movement to fight the disease.
Carefully documented and thoughtfully written, Global AIDS, is invaluable
for anyone wishing to understand the roots of the AIDS crisis in poor
countries. The authors also address the media's role in "myth making,"
the real promise of vaccine research, and how activism has changed drug
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