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Curator’s Bibliography

  • ACT UP Oral History Project Last accessed 9/13/2013.
  • Berkowitz, Richard. Stayin’ Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2003.
  • Bordowitz, Gregg. The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous: and Other Writings, 1986-2003. Boston, MA: The MIT Press, 2004.
  • Brier, Jennifer. Infectious Ideas: U.S Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
  • Chase, Sabrina. Surviving HIV/AIDS in the Inner City: How Resourceful Latinas Beat the Odds. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.
  • Cochrane, Michelle. When AIDS Began: San Francisco and the Making of an Epidemic. New York, NY: Routledge Publishing, 2004.
  • Cohen, Cathy J. Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
  • Crimp, Douglas, ed. AIDS Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism. Boston, MA: The MIT Press, 1988.
  • Epstein, Steven. Impure Science: AIDS, activism, and the politics of knowledge. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
  • Farmer, Paul. Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, updated with a new preface. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Gould, Deborah B. Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight against AIDS. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
  • Hoffman, Amy. Hospital Time. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997.
  • Hollibaugh, Amber. My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
  • Mass, Lawrence. We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 1997.
  • McKay, Richard A. “Patient Zero’: The Absence of a Patient’s View of the Early North American AIDS Epidemic,” Bulletin for the History of Medicine 87, no. 4 (2013).
  • Ramirez-Valles, Jesus . Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS . Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011.
  • Shilts, Randy. And the Band Played On: politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.
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  • DiAna’s Hair Ego. Directed by Ellen Spiro, Video Data Bank, 1990.
  • Fast Trip, Long Drop. Directed by Gregg Bordowitz, Video Data Bank, 1993.
  • Habit. Directed by Gregg Bordowitz, Video Data Bank, 2001.
  • How to Survive a Plague. Directed by David France, Public Square Films, 2012.
  • I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs. Directed by Karen Everett, California Newsreel, 1996.
  • Pills, Profit, Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement. Directed by Anne-Christine D’Adesky, Outcast Films, 2005.
  • Sex in an Epidemic. Directed by Jean Carlomusto, Outcast Films, 2011.
  • Sex Positive. Directed by Daryl Wein, E1 Entertainment, 2008.
  • United in Anger: A History of Act-Up. Produced by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Shulman, Film Collaborative, 2013.
  • Zero Patience. Directed by John Greyson, Canadian Film Centre, 1993.
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Web Resources

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “” United States Government. Last Updated May 23, 2013. is a website sponsored by the U.S. government to provide current information about treatment, prevention, statistics, and news about strategies to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS. (Grade Level: 8-12)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “HIVinfo” United States Government. Last Updated October 19, 2020.
    HIVinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. (Grade Level: 8-12)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “HIVinfo.”United States Government. Last Updated October 19, 2020.
    HIVinfo ofrece acceso a información actualizada en español sobre el tratamiento de la infección por el VIH/SIDA y ensayos clí­nicos desarrollados especí­ficamente para las comunidades afectadas por dicha infección y para otras comunidades de atención de salud.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “HIV Among Youth in the US.” CDC Vital Signs. Last Updated November 2012.
    Centers for Disease Control: Vital Signs supplies current information and statistics about the spread of HIV-AIDS among young people in the United States. (Grade Level: 10-12)
  • Davis, Julia. “Evolution of An Epidemic: 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Media Campaigns in the U.S.” The Kaiser Family Foundation. California: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2006.
    Evolution of An Epidemic: 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Media Campaigns in the U.S. provides an overview and historical context of media campaigns in the U.S. from 1981-2006. (Grade Level: 10-12)
  • Greater Than AIDS. “Together We Are Greater Than AIDS.” Last Updated 2013.
    Greater Than AIDS is a campaign to promote proactive strategies and provide information to combat the spread of AIDS, especially among women. (Grade Level: 10-12)
  • Rights. Respect. Responsibility. “A K–12 Sexuality Education Curriculum.” Last Updated 2008.
    Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a curriculum that seeks to address both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviors. (Grade Level: K-12)
  • Smith, Raymond. “HIV/AIDS in the Year 2000.” in Encyclopedia of AIDS: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Scientific Record of the HIV Epidemic., 2000.
    HIV/AIDS in the Year 2000 contains a summary of facts, data, and statistics about HIV/AIDS, this site offers a snapshot of information about the epidemic in the year 2000. (Grade Level: 10-12)
  • IKNOWHIV.ORG. Last Updated 2010.
    I Know is an interactive website with information about HIV/AIDS, videos, and opportunities to engage in online conversations with people with HIV/AIDS. (Grades Level: 10-12)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “HIV/AIDS.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last Updated August 20, 2010.
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provides general information about HIV/AIDS, with links to other helpful resources. (Grades Level: 10-12)
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K-12 Suggested Reading

  • Flinn, Alex. Fade to Black. New York: Harper Teen, 2005.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    When an HIV-positive teenager’s windshield is shattered by someone with a baseball bat, the only witness is a young girl with Down Syndrome who points to a popular student as the attacker.
  • Kerr, M.E. Night Kites. New York: Harper Collins, 1987.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    Amid the drama of falling in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, a young boy also discovers that his older brother is gay and dying of AIDS.
  • Minchin, Adele. The Beat Goes On. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.
    Grade Level: 7-12
    A young musician in Manchester learns her cousin has HIV-AIDS, and must decide how to keep the secret from others while spending her Saturdays teaching teens with HIV to play the drums.
  • Sheinmel, Courtney. Positively. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    A young HIV positive girl encounters loneliness and alienation until she attends a camp for other young people with HIV and discovers she is not alone.
  • Stratton, Allan. Chandra’s Secrets. Vancouver: Annick Press, 2004.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    A young girl in sub-Saharan Africa experiences the death of her baby sister, her parents’ mysterious illness, and widespread death in her village. However, fear and stigma prevent people from acknowledging that people are dying from AIDS.
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  • Brown, Marvelyn, and Martin, Courtney. The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive. New York: Ecco/Harper Collins, 2008.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    The story of a straight, athletic young woman contracts AIDS through unprotected sex and ends up fighting for her life while facing alienation in her community.
  • Hoffman, Regan. I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir. New York: Atria Books/Simon and Schuster, 2009.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    First person account of a young woman who contracts HIV from her boyfriend.
  • Lyon, Maureen, ed. Teenagers, HIV, and AIDS: Insights from Youths Living with the Virus. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing, 2006.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    First person accounts from young people with HIV/AIDS, including resources to seek medical help and combat discrimination.
  • Simons, Rae, AIDS & HIV: The Facts for Kids (Kids Guide to Disease and Wellness). New York: AlphaHouse Publishing, 2008.
    Grade Level: 4-8
    An easy to understand compilation of facts about how HIV/AIDS is spread, as well as information about combating myths related to HIV/AIDS.
  • Sonenklar, Carol. AIDS USA Today Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders Series. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    Information about causes, symptom, treatments, and prevention of HIV-AIDS, along with first person narratives from people with HIV-AIDS.
  • White, Ryan. My Own Story. New York: Penguin Group, 1992.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    First person account by Ryan White, the teenager who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and who publically fought back against fear and discrimination against people with AIDS until his death in 1990.
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