Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women with HIV

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Being Positive gives us the clearest picture we have of what life is like for people who have been diagnosed HIV positive. Based upon unique in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of patients, the book is remarkable for its candor and compassionate analysis. The people speak for themselves. “Through these pages,” Robert Klitzman writes, “I have tried to present a picture―a group portrait―and a sense of the fabric and texture of these individual's lives. Their stories taught me much about how people find meaning and cope with apparently overwhelming difficulties.” In looking for patterns in these lives, Dr. Klitzman has focused first on the problems these new patients face―the uncertainties, losses, and taboos; then on how they adapt―their new life in “HIV-land,” their spiritual beliefs, work and volunteerism, family relations, drugs and sex, and denial psychology. Finally he considers the implications of this major new medical problem and how it has forced us to examine so many personal, political, and institutional issues surrounding illness and the threat of death. Being Positive is not only a humanizing antidote to statistical studies of HIV and AIDS, it is an important benchmark in understanding the lives and experiences of the people who are affected.

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Based upon in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of patients, Being Positive gives us the clearest picture we have of what life is like for people who have been diagnosed HIV positive. Most books about HIV and AIDS are filled with statistics, or they present the life of a single individual or the experience of several. But Being Positive analyzes the lives of a wide group of people - male and female, straight and gay, African American, white, and Latino - exploring the contrasts and similarities that emerge. The book is not only a humanizing antidote to statistical studies but an important benchmark in understanding the individual dramas of those who are affected. To gain a full grasp of who they are as people, and how they perceive the issues they confront, is Dr. Klitzman's aim.

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Robert Klitzman is a psychiatrist at Columbia University and author of A Year-long Night and In a House of Dreams and Glass, both highly praised accounts of his medical and psychiatric training.

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