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Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS by Elton John Danielle Milam

5 out of 5 positive signs “My family and I held no hatred for those people be- transmitted. I grew up in great school districts, with cause we realized they were victims of their own igno- great teachers, and loving parents. How did I not rance.” Ryan White learn about HIV/AIDS? This is the same question John asks. How is it that Don’t let the cover deceive you. This is not a book people are not only misinformed but also live in a about one of the world’s most iconic and well-known state of fear when it comes to HIV/AIDS? Where’s the pop superstars. This is a book about love, about compassion and love that allow people with HIV/ educating the ignorant, about preventing and curing AIDS to live with dignity? Where’s the cure? a disease unlike any other. This is a book about AIDS. John criticizes just about everyone for not doing John’s style is evocative and personal from the first more. He rails against the media for creating a stigma page. He openly shares about his own struggles with about AIDS. He condemns the drug companies for not addiction and bulimia. He earned my trust as a reader lowering their prices for their buyers in developing by sharing his own emotions so candidly. I found countries. He denounces the governments for myself listening raptly to his message with a heavy blaming their sick citizens. He reproaches religious heart yet with an open mind. institutions for condemning contraception. He guiltily John describes the boy with AIDS, Ryan White, accuses himself for being a gay man in the 80’s who who gave him the strength to change his life and get did not cry out for better treatment of AIDS patients. involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. All throughout There is hope, though. John rallies the troops by the book, he weaves his own personal narrative with sharing a vision that could, one day, be attainable. It the facts and statistics about HIV/AIDS that plague is a vision of love, acceptance, medicine and dignity our world. for those living with HIV/AIDS. He states that it is I must admit, I was possible to educate people about AIDS and provide humbled to learn how the medicine to every HIV+ person to prevent the ignorant I have been spread of HIV/AIDS. about HIV/AIDS. I was This disease can be eradicated but it’s going to born in the 80’s when take everyone. Perhaps this is where it starts; with the disease was first conversations about a book. identified and then I grew up in southern Must read for: Anyone wanting to make a Texas where the issue difference in this world. of AIDS wasn’t talked about. AIDS was that disease in Africa, or so I Want more book reviews? foolishly believed. I had Check out www.daniellesviews.blogspot.com been wrongly educated about how HIV/AIDS is BLEEP 13

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