The invisible epidemic: the story of women and AIDS.

Corea G
New York, New York, HarperCollins, 1992. viii, 356 p.

A woman chronicles the AIDS epidemic from the early 1980s to December 1990 as it occurred among women. During these years, the government, the primarily male medical community, and the general public ignored the fact that women were also at risk of acquiring HIV and developing AIDS. Yet, men are 10 times more likely to transmit HIV to women during sexual intercourse than the reverse. Women tend to believe that if they are heterosexual, monogamous, and do not use drugs, they will not acquire HIV. But HIV seropositive husbands and male partners are infecting these women with HIV. The government and private institutions did not fund research aimed at examining HIV infection in women. This book highlights the humanity in this unfortunate invisible epidemic among women. A poverty lawyer learns that HIV-positive women routinely do not receive the same benefits as HIV-positive men. A Catholic prison chaplain attends to the spiritual needs of women inmates with AIDS. A former prostitute and drug abuser does not let the diagnosis of HIV positive bring her down, but rather becomes an advocate for women with HIV/AIDS. The author clearly illustrates that AIDS is a social issue that is a menace to everyone. The book lists the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of HIV/AIDS organizations, ranging from the National AIDS Information Clearinghouse to the National Resource Center on Women and AIDS.

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