The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over: There are still 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world, and here in the United States, there are 50,000 new cases of HIV infection annually. Much hard work remains.
But we have also witnessed remarkable progress. Effective treatment, expanded access and new prevention technologies have given hope that a turning point is in sight. And within this moment of cautious optimism, it is time to begin a fuller history – a time for more of those who survived to share their accounts of what was endured, and what was learned.
With “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival” (Scribner, 432 pp., $30), Sean Strub, founder of POZ magazine and one of the AIDS movement’s most respected leaders, has written such an account, thereby adding a critical historical voice.
Growing up a Catholic Everyboy in Iowa in the late 1950s and 1960s, Strub knew he was different but didn’t have a language or context for comprehending that difference.
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