War in the Blood: Sex, Politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia (Paperback)Chris Beyrer (author)
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Effective treatment for HIV and AIDS came in 1996. For sufferers in the developed world, this marked a true watershed moment: the end of the death sentence. But for many in the developing world, including in Southeast Asia, these new treatments remained far out of reach.
In his early thirties, following the loss of his partner to an AIDS-related illness, Chris Beyrer wrote the first edition of War in the Blood. Three decades later, having served as president of the International AIDS Society, he believes we have arrived at an extraordinary milestone. For the first time, a patient has been demonstrably cured of HIV, new vaccine trials in Thailand have shown great promise, and the PrEP programme genuinely works.
So why are over half of the estimated 38.8 million people living with HIV still not on treatment? War in the Blood is a labour of love, both a celebratory account of Southeast Asia and the story of our failure to protect those most vulnerable the world over - gay men, adolescent girls, sex workers, drug users, and transgender women. Beyrer offers an impassioned plea for our communities and governments - and our own hearts and minds - to stop denying the realities of sex, sexuality, and gender, and to take affirmative action.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Edition: Updated and Expanded Edition
`As timely and relevant today as it was when it was first published, telling a deeply personal account of the AIDS epidemic and the people still being left behind.'
Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS
`Beyrer writes with the rigour of an outstanding scientist, and the compassion and energy of a tireless advocate.'
Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
`Beyrer has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the global HIV epidemic that this book so richly describes. More than any other Western researcher, he understands the cultural and political factors that impact local epidemics.'
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of the University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine
`Offers honest insights on sex between men, drug use, sex work, and transgender people in Southeast Asia. Chris Beyrer offers pragmatic solutions to inspire a new generation of leaders.'
Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Asia-Pacific Community of MSM Organizations (APCOM)
Praise for the First Edition:
'A Powerful testimony to the capacity to unite care with practical action... there is no other equally comprehensive account to match it of the travels of HIV infection through the peoples and landscapes of Asia.'
'Part travelogue, part ethnography, with an eye for the details of daily life, Beyrer takes the reader on a journey through the cultural and political contours of contemporary Southeast Asia... skilfully weaves diverse voices into a broad tapestry which includes the political economy of HIV... This informal, engaging book will appeal to a wide audience.'
'Excellent... hard-hitting and clear-sighted... A first-rate book, both scientifically based and written in terms the lay reader can understand.'
South China Morning Post
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