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Surviving AIDS
Callen, Michael, 1955-1993.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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RC607.A26 C33 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From a nationally renowned political activist and person with AIDS comes the first book to tell the story of those who are surviving AIDS.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Good things come in threes: witness the third excellent AIDS dissenter's book this year. Like Michael Fumento (The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS [BKL D 15 89]), Callen believes the media and officialdom have distorted the epidemic. Like John Lauritsen (Poison by Prescription [BKL S 1 90]), he believes AZT, the only approved AIDS drug, is dangerous and ineffective. His central thesis, however, is that AIDS is, as Kidd and Huber (Living with the AIDS Virus [BKL S 15 90]) say, "a treatable chronic disease." He ought to know; he is alive and active more than eight years after his own AIDS diagnosis. He bolsters his own testimony with compelling, frequently entertaining interviews with a dozen other long-term survivors (four have died since summer 1989, but even they lived two or more years after Callen interviewed them). He precedes these stories with a first section decrying "the propaganda of doom" promulgated by AIDS bureaucrats, ignorant journalists, and even some activists more anxious about political leverage than the needs of persons with AIDS. He follows them with a section of general and specific survival advice gleaned from his own and others' experiences. For those directly affected by AIDS, this is the book of the year. For everyone else, it's a rich learning experience, uncommonly well and personably written. Chapter-by-chapter notes (often discursive and as indispensably readable as the main text). ~--Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Founder of People With AIDS and a pioneer in promoting ``safe sex,'' Callen has survived eight years since being diagnosed with AIDS. And he is not alone. He argues that the numbers of those who survive three years or more would be much greater if AIDS patients took simple prophylaxis against the pneumonia that is most likely to cause their deaths. Callen cautions that the drug AZT is highly toxic, stops DNA synthesis and in many cases actually weakens immunity. As an alternative to AZT, he recommends antiviral and immunomodulative drugs of more manageable toxicity. Among the long-term survivors he interviewed for this valuable, hope-giving manual were an intravenous drug user, a bisexual man who embraced a macrobiotic diet, gay black and Puerto Rican men and several persons with Kaposi's sarcoma. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved