The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS

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Viking, 2007 - AIDS - 326 pages
From young women queuing for a test outside a village clinic, to NGO offices with no lightbulbs, from Presidents in denial, to missionaries waving banners for abstinence to the author confronting the possibility of testing positive herself, The Invisible Cure is eye-opening, provocative and utterly gripping in equal measure.

AIDS may be the deadliest infectious disease in human history. What makes some societies more vulnerable than others? Why is the HIV epidemic so severe in Africa and why have many governments and NGOs largely failed to halt its progress?

In an utterly riveting narrative where the author moves from ideas of how societies are arranged to the bitter conflict between nature and science, Helen Epstein goes to the heart of why epidemics spread in the way they do and what we should be doing to stop them.

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Everything I wanted to know about HIV/AIDS and how it functions in Uganda. Written in a way that anyone can understand the complexities of this disease. Read full review

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User Review  - ElizabethPisani - LibraryThing

One of the better AIDS books. Very well written and really quite engaging. Struggles, though, between the desire to follow the science and the need not to be TOO politically incorrect. Ultimately ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Helen Epstein is the author of four previous books, including Children Of The Holocaust, Joe Papp- An American Life, and Music Talks, and her articles have been featured in The New York Times, the Miami Herald, and many Judaica periodicals. She is an affiliate of Harvard University's Center for European Studies

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