Viral: The Fight Against AIDs in America
Thirty-five years ago, it was a modern-day, mysterious plague. Its earliest victims were mostly gay men, some of the most marginalized people in the country; at its peak in America, it killed tens of thousands of people. The losses were staggering, the science frightening, and the government’s inaction unforgivable. The AIDS Crisis fundamentally changed the fabric of the United States.
Viral presents the history of the AIDS crisis through the lens of the brave victims and activists who demanded action and literally fought for their lives. This compassionate but unflinching text explores everything from the disease’s origins and how it spread to the activism it inspired and how the world confronts HIV and AIDS today.
Author’s note. Time line. Additional resources. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs, charts, and reproductions.
JLG Release: Sep 2019
Awards & Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination, Drugs, Homophobic slur, Mild language, Strong sexual themes
AIDS (disease), LGBTQ history, US history, History of medicine, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Social activism,