Book Looks at Silent History of AIDS in the South

The Root Recommends: A new book that delves into the unspoken AIDS epidemic in the South.

Lawrence Hill Books

Journalism professor and former contributor to The Root Andrew J. Skerritt's latest book, Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South, details the haunting silence surrounding the rise of HIV/AIDS in the South.

After 30 years since the discovery of AIDS, the number of Americans contracting the virus has soared, and almost half of AIDS victims in the United States live in the South. Ashamed to Die brings to the forefront the pattern of miseducation, poverty, social stigma and other factors that explain why the South is disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic. 

Ashamed to Die is now available online and in bookstores.

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