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The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America

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Half the people in the United States who are diagnosed with HIV are now African American. Through the eyes of those on the front lines of the crisis, journalist Jacob Levenson tells a story of race and public health that spans fifty years and reveals how AIDS has become one of the leading killers of young black men and women. Medical researcher Mindy Fullilove investigates ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Anchor (first published 2004)
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Suzy
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
the author is a white guy and he keeps referring to racism as a problem of the past. that is a real drawback, especially because the AIDS movement is struggling to put forward a really sharp analysis of racism and how it feeds the epidemic, and of course that is not what the media wants to hear or put out there.

The plus side to this book is it includes Mindy and Bob Fullilove's groundbreaking research. Mindy explains how the Bronx fires fed the epidemic and displacement and marginalization of NY
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Jess
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sexuality, race, class
So I didn't actually finish this book, but I read about three chapters. The first chapter, I thought was very interesting, but then I found the book was jumping around too much for me, between stories of people who were HIV positive, policy, and history. Typically, I like books like this, but I found it to be poorly organized and I decided to stop reading it. For me, the book felt more like a chore to read, rather than something I was reading for fun.
Mali
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
A good read with an awful lot of info on aids and the backstory of groups trying to fight the disease
Whitney
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
I loved reading this book. It really speaks to the untold side of the AIDS epidemic in America, and it left me wanting to do something to help.
Jocelyn
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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