The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa
A New York Times Notable Book of 2007
The Invisible Cure is an account of Africa's AIDS epidemic from the inside--a revelatory dispatch from the intersection of village life, government intervention, and international aid. Helen Epstein left her job in the US in 1993 to move to Uganda, where she began work on a test vaccine for HIV. Once there, she met patients, docto
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I have read my fair share of books on HIV/AIDS and I always come out learning something new. What I loved about Helen Epstein's book was community-led solutions to dealing with HIV/AIDS will work so much more than top-down government funding projects. Unfortunately, with PEPFAR and other international aid, most of the money gets invested in models ...more
Also, infinitely more horrifying than HIV/AIDS is the disease mentioned in this passage:
"The first [patients] all had onchocerciasis, a parasitic disease affecting the skin and eyes, endemic in the tropics. Outside in the tea fields all day, the patients had been bitten by the blackfly that transmits the disease. They h ...more
The author had a lot of experience in the regions she wrote about, and she wrote about them well and with little bias. She seemed to cover all of the pertinent information and discuss the impact of HIV and AIDS and programs to combat the disease in Uganda and southern Africa.
I enjoyed it a lot. If you are interested in AIDS ...more
I did learn that STDs spread more quickly and throughly through populations with stable long-term polyamorous relationships than through populations who have lots of one-time sex. Because HIV is only spread around once in 100 times the infected person has sex, they are much more likely to give it to their several long-term partners, who give it to their several longterm ...more
As with all this type of stuff, you have to be a little objective when reading it as this is the kind of book that uses scientific statistics to prove the authors suggested public health methods.nethertheless, its gripping and shocking in the right places, also very read-able for anyone without a scientific background.