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“HIV alters the lives of anyone that it touches, whether they are gay or straight. This book looks at all of the aspects of how HIV/AIDS has altered the lives of those it touches…. The titles of the 12 chapters give an excellent overview of what is covered in these extremely well-written reports…. This is a must-read book for everyone. It should be in all libraries, including school libraries. Young adolescents who are facing the problem of coming out would benefit from this book.” –AIDS Book Review Journal Hit hard by the AIDS epidemic in the United States and in much of Europe, the gay and lesbian community has been forced to examine existing notions of what it means to belong to a community based on sexual orientation. The editors of this second volume in the annual series Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Issues have collected a perceptive array of chapters that explore sexual behavior, personal identity, and community memberships of gay men and lesbian women. With the exception of a few, the chapters reflect study findings from AIDS-related research and include discussions of AIDS in large urban centers and in less populated settings outside of major AIDS epicenters. Focusing on underconsidered AIDS populations, the contributors explore specific topics concerning the AIDS epidemic among gay and bisexual men of color, lesbian women, and gay and lesbian youth. Accessible and sensitive, the book also examines relevant public policy, volunteerism, and long-term survival as important to AIDS awareness and education. AIDS, Identity, and Community is an appreciable resource for AIDS researchers and caregivers, mental health practitioners, social service professionals, behavioral and social science students, and any reader who seeks deeper insight into the complex and subtle areas of the lesbian and gay community in the AIDS era.

Long-Term Survival with AIDS and the Role of Community
Long-term survival with aids and the role of community
RobertH.RemienJudithG.Rabkin

The endless repetition of the lie that everyone [with AIDS] dies from AIDS denies the reality of—but perhaps just as important, the possibilityof—survival.

—Callen (1990, p. 63)

AIDS is not a good disease to have alone.

—HIV physician

In this chapter, we review what we and others have learned about surviving with AIDS or, more generally, with HIV illness. We emphasize the central role of community ties in maintaining the person's conviction that life has value despite progressive illness. As we use the term, community includes three classes of relationships: with one's physician, with friends and family, and with the broader social group with which one identifies (i.e., the gay HIV community).

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