HIV pioneers Lives lost, careers changed, and survival

By Wendee Wechsberg

Tremendous strides have been made in the prevention and treatment of HIV since the disease first appeared in the 1980s. But because many of the people who studied and battled the virus in those early days are now gone, first-hand accounts are at risk of being lost. In HIV Pioneers, Wendee M. Wechsberg collects 29 "first stories," bringing to life the harrowing reality of those early days of the AIDS epidemic. These moving personal narratives and critical historical essays not only shed light on the experiences of global health pioneers, prominent scientists, and HIV survivors but also preserve valuable lessons for managing the risk and impact of future epidemics.
Illuminating the multiple facets of the HIV epidemic, both in the United States and across the globe, HIV Pioneers is a touching and inspirational look into the ongoing fight against HIV.


Wechsberg, W. (Ed.) (2018). HIV pioneers: Lives lost, careers changed, and survival. (RTI Press Publication No. BK-0021-1801). Baltimore, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC: Johns Hopkins University Press and RTI Press.


Wendee WechsbergWendee M. Wechsberg is the director and principal researcher of the Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program at RTI International, where she is also the founding director of the Global Gender Center. She is the editor of Prevention Issues for Women's Health in the New Millennium.

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