TAB recommended reading

If you're looking for a good book on the topic of HIV and AIDS, there are a few must reads we want to share.


"And the Band Played On: People, Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic" (1987) Randy Shilts

A moving and detailed portrait of the early years of the AIDS epidemic, chronicling the health community's efforts to understand and stop the disease.

"The Normal Heart" (1985) Larry Kramer

A largely autobiographical play about the first 5 years of the AIDS epidemic as seen through the eyes of a single individual living in New York City.  Written with passion, anger, and heartbreak, it also provides a thorough indictment of the media, government, and public for ignoring a devastating health crisis.

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned (2000) by Judd Winick

An autobiographical graphic novel by Judd Winick detailing his friendship with Pedro Zamora, an AIDS educator and activist, after the two met on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco. 

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS (2009) by Elizabeth Pisani

Author Elisabeth Pisani, an HIV and AIDS epidemiologist, reveals the secret “underbelly” of international AIDS research, telling the reader what really goes on in and among the community of people who have dedicated their lives to halting the spread of HIV.

The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa (2007) by Helen Epstein

Having traveled to Uganda in 1993 to help in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Epstein delves into the ways in which international aid, government intervention, and village life intersect to make fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa so challenging.


Having been HIV positive since birth, the author brings to life the realities of being an HIV positive child, adolescent and adult in the 21st century.  While her story reveals the all-too-real struggle of being different in today's world, her ultimate message is that we all need to stay "positive."