Harper Collins Publishers USA 1990,
In 1982 - the
year Michael Callen was diagnosed with AIDS - his prognosis was
grim. Most doctors believed that no one survived AIDS for much longer
than a year. But eight yearss later, Michael is one of hundreds
of long-term survivors of AIDS who are still alive and doing fine.
In fact, Michael is doing so fine that he's testified before Congress,
produced a record album, self-published a magazine, co-created People
with AIDS Coalition (an organization that offers counseling, financial
services, and social activities to those diagnosed with AIDS), and
co-founded Community Research Initiative (a community-based organization
that tests promising drugs to fight AIDS).
greatest myth about AIDS is that it's always fatal, an automatic
death sentence. With Surviving AIDS, Michael Callen
fights against the public ignorance and sloppy reporting that have
created this damaging lie. He tells both his own story and, through
in-depth interviews, the stories of thirteen other long-term survivors.
A profound and moving book, Surviving AIDS profiles
men and women, gay, straight, and bisexual, black, white, and brown,
each of whom is living a remarkable life. These are stories of their
fighting spirit, their courage, their drama, and their sometimes
outrageous sense of humor, and present their answers to the question
"Why am I alive?" (Michael's mother's response is that
he's "too mean to die.")
In the middle
of this brutal and horrific epidemic, this is a book that brings
hope to those who feel hopeless; it's probable that just knowing
about other survivors may help one survive. Surviving AIDS
is a book filled with optimism; it closes with recent reports on
the medical research that may stem opportunistic infections, which
are the real killers of the disease. Michael Callen has written
a book that is both a testament to the human spirit and a call to
all people with AIDS to live to see the end of this epidemic.