What are the best books about AIDS?

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    #1Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

    Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
    This book is the story of the friendship between the author, Judd Winick and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive man from San Francisco. Judd's memoir allows us to get another feeling of this disease thanks to Pedro, who taught a whole generation that AIDS could have a good life. 


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    Ralph Soto
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Very emotional and passionate book by the struggles with AIDS. Well written and in-depth."
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    #2And the Band Played On

    And the Band Played On
    As the greatest health crisis of the 20th century, the AIDS spread at the United States was something the US health care system wasn't prepared for. This book, one of the bests on this topic, is a deep investigation on how it spreaded so fast among the US. 

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    Dorothy Aguilar
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "If you're look at learning the history of AIDS, then this is the book for you. Very emotional to read, but you'll gain knowledge on the horrible disease. "
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    #3The Origins of AIDS

    The Origins of AIDS

    Even though it has been discovered many years ago, the origins of AIDS are still a mystery. This book explains how the virus got into humans, as it was transmitted from chimpanzees, and how it became to be the worst disease from the late years of the 20th century. 


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    Jenny Lu
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I just recently read this book and consider it one of the best books about AIDS I have ever read. It is inspired by Jacques Pepin's own experiences working as an infectious diseases physician in Africa. Mr. Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and traces its subsequent development, showing how the disease was first transmitted from chimpanzees to man. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn about AIDS."
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    #4In the Absence of Angels

    In the Absence of Angels

    This book narrates the story of Elizabeth Glaser, the wife of Paul Michael Glaser that got infected with AIDS due to blood transfusions. This condition also got their two kids infected with the deadly virus, a situation that Elizabeth herself perfectly describes in the book. 


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    Vibhore Jhadav
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Very touching and heartbreaking book about a wonderful family. It is so important for everyone to read this book. Having a simple transfusion done can wreck hell on any family if it is not done correctly or if the wrong blood is transfused. I had tears while reading this book because things like these can happen to anyone . I highly recommend this book to anyone. "
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    #5Koolaids: The Art of War

    Koolaids: The Art of War
    This book covers many topics, including the AIDS epidemic, the Lebanese civil war in Beirut, life's meaning, sex and death. Combining hilarious plays and heart-breaking experiences, this moving book will make you think about what really matters.


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    José Guadalupe León
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book seems like it covers multiple topics so it might not be the best book about AIDS. it is too disjointed."
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    #6A Positive Outlook

    A Positive Outlook
    After being diagnosed with AIDS, doctors told Anthony that he didn't have much time left. Against all odds, he managed not only to survive, but to get back to his home where he received therapy sessions that helped him stay alive.


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    Paul Henderson
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I thought it was a pretty uplifting story and offered a bright message of hope, but I think the writing was a bit lacking. It just didn't leave me thinking I had read something really great, though it is a great story and message overall."
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    #7Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

    Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

    10 years after publishing her work on cancer by her own experience, the author of this book wrote an essay on the AIDS epidemic. This book contains these two essays, which give unprecedented approach on two of the most lethal diseases known to man. 


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    Brenda Sims
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This doesn't give me very much information about AIDS. I need a book with more details."
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    #828 Stories of AIDS in Africa

    28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
    This book contains 28 different personal histories of real people struggling with HIV. Each of these stories is accompanied by a picture oh his or her protagonist, to help create the feeling that this terrible disease may be around us, in people we would never think of. 

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    Joyce Flores
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I think it would be a great awareness of people. It is very informative and necessary for the people who dont mind to sex with any one. riveting, anecdotal stories, make reader a true sense of awareness. "
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    #9Rat Bohemia

    Rat Bohemia
    This book tells the story of three friends: Rita Mae, a female rat exterminator, Killer, a plant-waterer and David, a writer diagnosed with HIV, who have no choice but to rely on each other to survive their families rejection. 


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    Dennis Franklin
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Rat Bohemia is a very intersting story about a rat exterminator and her friend that has HIV aka aids I think it would make for an interesting read."
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    #10The Gifts of the Body

    The Gifts of the Body
    This book narrates the story of a nameless woman who helps those afflicted with AIDS. Through her eyes, we can get to know many stories that may be true, as she is able to see how everyone who is affected with this disease is slowly dying. 

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    Betty Holland
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "This book was truly powerful and moving. I loved every word and could not turn the pages fast enough. If you enjoy a good heart-wrenching, tear-jerker, this book is for you!"
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    #11The Hours

    The Hours
    The Hours is Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction about three women of different generations whose lives got entwined because of similar challenges in life. The book included a fictitious Virginia Woolf.

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    Bryan Burke
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "At a glance, the book itself has nothing to do with the topic of AIDS directly. The main character's friend Richard does suffer from the disorder, however."
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    #12The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart

    The Normal Heart is a dramatic play with LGBT themes written by Larry Kramer. The Normal Heart was published on October 29, 1985 by Plume. This edition has a forword by Joseph Papp and an introduction by Andrew Holleran.


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    Cynthia Moore
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Normal Heart is an instant classic in my opinion. Not many books are brave enough to touch on LGBT communities, let alone their issues. "
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    #13Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

    Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
    After a decade in a relationship with Paul Monette, Roger Howritz died of complications with AIDS. This book shares their story, a story that was very common during the early days of the disease, and it includes pictures of Paul.

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    Patrick Black
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I was a child in the 80s and can remember the start of the AIDS crisis. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette gives an honest glimpse into the life of a gay couple's battle with the disease from the initial diagnosis to death. This book is wonderfully written and I highly recommend reading."
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    #14The Invisible Cure

    The Invisible Cure

    The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS is a non-fiction book about health written by Helen C. Epstein. This was published in 2007. In this book, the author highlights the main issues being faced with AIDS.


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    #15This Thing Called the Future

    This Thing Called the Future

    This Thing Called the Future is a dramatic novel for young adults written by J.L. Powers. It was released in April 2011. It is about the effect of the AIDS pandemic in Africa and the state of education and culture in South Africa.


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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A painful read. I don't mean writing style, I mean the story hurts. It shows the still-prolific divide in Africa between the haves and have-nots, and the old tribal beliefs that hold people back. It shows the struggle against disease, AIDS especially, in the shantytown life of the poorest in Africa. It drives home the point that education is the savior, and sticking to old superstitions only deepens the suffering. It just hurt to read, knowing that it's all too true."
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    #16The Man With Night Sweats

    The Man With Night Sweats

    The Man With Night Sweats is a poetry book written by famous poet Thom Gunn. It was originally released in 1992. It tackles both intimate and wide social issues, including AIDS.


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    Theresa Armstrong
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "There's a little bit of every thing in this book including humor although the subject matter, AIDS, is quite a serious topic. Although I did not like all the poems, all of them was well written and follows the journey of the author as he deals with the devastation AIDS causes. I do not think that this book is the best about AIDS, but it is one that someone who enjoys poetry should check out."
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    #17The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays

    The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays

    The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays is a book containing a collection of plays written by renowned lesbian playwright Paula Vogel. It was released in 1995, and its title play The Baltimore Waltz was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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    Amy James
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The depth and breadth of these plays go beyond the gender politics and current issues that lie at the heart of these plays--to say that "Waltz" is a play about AIDS is like saying that Moby Dick is about fishing! The plays combine a deft wit with a warmth uncharacteristic for plays with such style. These early plays suggest the talent that will make Vogel a major American playwright for years to come."
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    #18Chanda's Secrets

    Chanda's Secrets

    Chanda's Secrets is a sensitive but inspirational novel for young adults written by Allan Stratton and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was released in February 2004. It is about a 16-year-old girl caught in the African HIV pandemic.


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    Ethan Shaw
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The details could have been longer. I didn't really get a feel of what the character is going through."


Best What are the best books about AIDS
1Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I LearnedBooks 33 Paid
2And the Band Played OnBooks 29 Paid
3The Origins of AIDSBooks 28 Paid
4In the Absence of AngelsBooks 25 Paid
5Koolaids: The Art of WarBooks 25 Paid
6A Positive OutlookBooks 23 Paid
7Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its MetaphorsBooks 21 Paid
828 Stories of AIDS in AfricaBooks 19 Paid
9Rat BohemiaBooks 15 Paid
10The Gifts of the BodyBooks 9 Paid

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