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The 411 on HIV in 2009

Recommended Reading

This list of new, notable and notorious books and articles will give you the need-to-know basics on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community.

Books | Magazines, Articles and Newsletters | HIV Statistics

BOOKS

Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community
Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community
Edited by Gil L. Robertson IV
In this one-of-a-kind anthology, leaders such as the Reverend Al Sharpton and entertainers like Jasmine Guy and Mo'Nique write about HIV along with activists, artists, HIV-positive people and their relatives.
Agate Publishing, 2006, Paperback (321 pages), $16.00
Click here to read excerpts from this book. Click here to read or listen to The Body's interview with Gil Robertson.


Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York
Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York
By Kai Wright
Wright tells the story of an adolescent growing up as an "at risk youth" in New York City.
Beacon Press, January 2008, Hardcover (240 pages), $24.95
Click here to read The Body's interview with Kai Wright.


Is there a Balm in Black America?: Perspectives on HIV/AIDS in the African American Community
Is There a Balm in Black America?: Perspectives on HIV/AIDS in the African American Community
By Pamela Payne-Foster
This compilation of the author's essays encourages thought and discussion on preventing HIV/AIDS in the black community.
Lulu.com, September 2007, Paperback (312 pages), $19.99


Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora
Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora
By Randall Horton
A collection of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, this book celebrates life while tackling the heavy and sometimes difficult topics surrounding HIV/AIDS.
Third World Press, April 2007, Paperback (208 pages), $15.95


The First Year: HIV: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
The First Year: HIV: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
By Brett Grodeck
A great guide for the recently diagnosed.
Marlowe and Company, June 2007, Paperback (336 pages), $16.95


Sexuality and The Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
Sexuality and The Black Church: A Womanist Perspective
By Kelly Brown Douglas
This book tackles the subject of sexuality in the African-American church.
Orbis Books, March 1999, Paperback (162 pages), $14.00


Blessed Are They That Comfort: An Introduction to HIV/AIDS for Black Congregations
Blessed Are They That Comfort: An Introduction to HIV/AIDS for Black Congregations
By The Balm in Gilead

This booklet covers HIV basics for African-American congregants, answering key questions, such as "What is it like to have HIV?" and "Can I get HIV from the communion cup?" Includes relevant scriptural quotations, resources and a prayer for unity.
The Balm In Gilead, 1998, $25.00 for 25 copies


The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America
The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America
By Jacob Levenson
Widely acclaimed as the African American And the Band Played On, Levenson's journalistic account of the history and politics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black America spans six decades and features dramatic scenes and players, ranging from black crack addicts on the street to elite white scientists in the lab. Levenson's driving narrative of Jim Crow, the Northern migration, urban decay, the civil rights movement, cocaine and heroin dealings, and the prison-industrial complex that paved the road for the HIV/AIDS catastrophe has the inevitability of Greek tragedy.
Anchor, Random House, Inc., February 2005, Paperback (320 pages), $14


Living With HIV/AIDS: The Black Person's Guide to Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
Living With HIV/AIDS: The Black Person's Guide to Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
By Dr. Eric Goosby and Adrianne Appel
Leading African-American HIV specialist Goosby offers HIV-positive African Americans expert soup-to-nuts advice in very user-friendly language. While certain info on HIV medications, combination therapy and strategy is a little dated due to the rapid pace of HIV research and practice, Goosby's approach is as essential as it is inspiring.
Hilton Publishing, Inc., September 2002, Paperback (160 pages), $11.50


Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America
Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America
By Keith Boykin
Keith Boykin, the activist founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, looks beyond the media hype of African-American men who have sex with men and identify as straight, beyond blaming them for the black HIV/AIDS epidemic, and beyond the cultural disempowerment of their female partners in a valiant attempt to launch a long-overdue debate on sex and sexuality, homophobia, and AIDS stigma in the black community.
Da Capo Press, December 2006, Paperback (311 pages), $14.95


The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics
The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics
By Cathy J. Cohen
Cohen, an African-American University of Chicago sociologist, casts a laser-sharp, ice-cold eye on the black middle class and its leadership for their casual indifference to HIV/AIDS among black gay men, drug users, sex workers and prisoners in the '80s -- indifference that allowed the epidemic to explode a decade later. She not only makes her case but offers a new politics and set of policies that deserve a wide hearing.
The University of Chicago Press, March 1999, Paperback (410 pages), $21.00


Out of Bounds
Out of Bounds
By Roy Simmons and Damon DiMarco
The famous former pro-football player's pull-no-punches autobiography covers his poor Southern childhood, his rape at age 10, his escape into football, his NFL career, complete with juicy accounts of sex, drugs and celebrity. After retiring from football and hitting the skids, Simmons came out in 1992 on The Phil Donahue Show, struggled free of his addictions and came out as HIV positive.
Carroll and Graf, December 2005, Hardback (260 pages), $26


Coming Up From the Down Low: The Journey to Acceptance, Healing, and Honest Love
Coming Up From the Down Low: The Journey to Acceptance, Healing, and Honest Love
By J.L. King with Courtney Carreras
A quick sequel to his best-seller On the Down Low, J. L. King's latest contribution is a coast-to-coast tell-all of other down-low dudes and the women they love to deceive, plus an update on King's own personal growth. Can a second Oprah appearance be far behind?
Three Rivers Press, Crown Publishing Group, Random House, Inc., April 2006, Paperback (192 pages), $12.95


On the Up and Up: A Survival Guide for Women Living With Men on the Down Low
On the Up and Up: A Survival Guide for Women Living With Men on the Down Low
By Brenda Stone Browder
The ex-wife of "Mr. Down Low," J. L. King, tells her side of the story with a knack for the clumsy cliché and a lack of insight and intelligence every bit as notable as her ex's. Browder was understandably disappointed to find herself married to a gay man, but her nasty homophobia and bankrupt claim that gay men can "go straight" give the lie to her oft-proclaimed Christian forgiveness.
Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing, February 2005, Hardback (180 pages), $21


Think Again
Think Again
Edited by Steven G. Fullwood and Colin Robinson

An innovative, thought-provoking collection of personal essays by black gay men on the trials and tribulations of HIV prevention, with a refreshing focus on the psychological sources of risky behavior.

Printed in conjunction with the New York State Black Gay Network, Inc., and AIDS Project Los Angeles, 2003.

You can download the PDF here.


African-American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses
African-American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses
Edited by Dorie J. Gilbert and Ednita M. Wright
A comprehensive, cutting-edge collection of essays on the recent explosion of HIV/AIDS rates among African-American women by academics, researchers and other experts, all of whom are African-American women themselves.
Praeger Publishers, March 2003, Paperback (288 pages), $28.95


Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices From and to African-American Communities
Social Workers Speak Out on the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Voices From and to African-American Communities
By Larry M. Gant, Patricia A. Stewart and Vincent J. Lynch with Willis Green, Jr., Darrell P. Wheeler and Ednita M. Wright

A powerful collection of dispatches from the front by African-American social workers that mixes advocacy and analysis.
Praeger Publishers, October 1998, Paperback (176 pages), $25.95


The Second Chapter: ACCEPTANCE
The Second Chapter: ACCEPTANCE
By Shelton Jackson

This collection of poetry includes intimate poems on love, homosexuality, the struggle of being HIV positive, and the pain of losing a partner to the virus.
Shelton Jackson, October 2005, Paperback (100 pages), $14.95
Click here to read Shelton's profile on The Body.


The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive
The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive
By Marvelyn Brown With Courtney Martin
Marvelyn Brown was in the best shape of her life when she was diagnosed with HIV at the age of nineteen. Having unprotected sex with her longtime monogamous boyfriend had set into swift motion a set of circumstances that not only landed her in the fight of her life, but also alienated her from her community. Brown's inspiring memoir tells the story of how she found a reason to fight; and a reason to live. It's also a cautionary tale that every parent, guidance counselor and young adult should read.
Amistad, August 2008, Paperback (240 pages)


A Time to Speak: How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
A Time to Speak: How Black Pastors Can Respond to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
By Marvin A. McMickle
A call to African American pastors and lay leaders to awaken them to the reality of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the African-American community -- and what can be done to address it with justice and compassion.
The Pilgrim Press, September 2008, Paperback (176 pages)


Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women With HIV/AIDS
Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women With HIV/AIDS
By Michele Tracy Berger
Workable Sisterhood looks at sixteen HIV-positive women, mostly African Americans and Latinas. What makes their experience with the HIV/AIDS virus and their political participation different from their HIV-positive counterparts? Michele Tracy Berger builds a picture of community-based political participation that challenges popular, medical, and scholarly representations of "crack addicted prostitutes" and HIV-positive women as social problems or victims, rather than as agents of social change.
Princeton University Press, July 2006, Paperback (256 pages)


Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience and Human Tragedy
Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience and Human Tragedy
By Seth C. Kalichman
Seth Kalichman focuses not on the "difficult" or doubting patient, but on organized, widespread forms of denial (including the idea that HIV itself is a myth and HIV treatments are poison) and the junk science, faulty logic, conspiracy theories and larger forces of homophobia and racism that fuel them.
Springer, February 2009, Hardcover (205 pages)



MAGAZINES, ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

The Body's list of articles about African Americans

Where Are the Black Gay Men? (February 19, 2009)
Even on Black AIDS Awareness Day, black gay men remain on the margins.
In In Housing Works AIDS Issues Update, from Housing Works

Fighting HIV Among African Americans (February 2009)
From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

I'm 13 and I Have HIV: Teens Find Life Interrupted as They Live With the Disease That Causes AIDS (December 2008)
From Ebony, by Adrienne P. Samuels

Promoting Unity and Love in the Black Gay Community: A Challenging but Not Impossible Task (November/December 2005)
From Positively Aware, by Keith R. Green

Black People and the Search for an HIV Vaccine (November/December 2005)
A Vaccine Advocate Gives Us the Low-Down
From Positively Aware, by Steve Wakefield

HIV Treatment Series: Adverse Health Outcomes Among Black Americans (November/December 2005)
Living With HIV: Nature or Nurture?
From Positively Aware, by David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.

Staying Alive: Among the Rising Numbers of Black Women in Chicago With HIV/AIDS, Three Stay Strong by Speaking Out (April 2005)
From The Chicago Reporter, by Lindsay Edmonds

Kaiser Family Foundation report on racial disparities in health care: Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care (October 1999)

Articles by Kai Wright, leading African-American journalist, whose beat is all things HIV/AIDS in the black community:

  • Blacks' Plague: A Look at Misconceptions About AIDS in the African-American Community (May 2005)
  • When a Son Is Gay (Fall 2005)
  • Secret Sex (October 2003)
  • Shelton Samad Jackson, author of The Second Chapter: ACCEPTANCE. His Web site features works by African-American authors and links together people who are HIV positive or part of the GLBT community.

    Publications from Black AIDS Institute:

  • An Open Letter From Phill Wilson, CEO, Black AIDS Institute on the Election of President-Elect Barack Obama and the Potential to Strengthen the National AIDS Response (December 1, 2008)
    From Black AIDS Institute, by Phill Wilson
  • It's Time to Meaningfully Support Prevention by and for Black Communities (September 11, 2008)
    From Black AIDS Institute
  • No Explanation Yet for Higher MSM HIV Rates (August 7, 2008)
    From Black AIDS Institute, by Hilary Beard
  • Timeline: 25 Milestones in Our Time With AIDS (June 2006)
    From Black AIDS Institute
  • Reclaiming Our Future: The State of AIDS Among Black Youth in America (September 2005)
    From Black AIDS Institute, by Dr. Cathy J. Cohen, Alexandra Bell, and Mosi Ifatunji
  • Kujisource Newsletter (meaning "Self-Determination")
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the Down Low (February 3, 2005)
    By Keith Boykin

    Black Colleges Seek to Stem HIV Cases (March 22, 2004)
    From Associated Press

    Ledge Magazine
    The nation's only HIV/AIDS awareness magazine written by and for students at historically black colleges and universities everywhere!



    HIV STATISTICS

    HIV/AIDS Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity (April 10, 2009)
    From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Slides)

    HIV/AIDS Among African Americans (August 2008)
    From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diagnoses of HIV/AIDS -- 33 States, 2001-2005 (August 21, 2007)
    From U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Nearly Half of Us May Already Be Infected -- Who Gives a Damn? (November/December 2005)
    An open letter to Black gay and bisexual men
    From Positively Aware, by Black AIDS Institute





     

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