身為同志的調查記者及暢銷書作家大衛‧法蘭斯，透過本書真實還原最偉大的愛滋平權抗爭運動過程，垂死的愛滋病人如何尋求醫學力量，將致命的愛滋病，轉變為可透過藥物治療而延續生命的心路歷程，而這些抗爭者及愛滋病患與漠視他們的政府抗衡而獲得最終的成功，更在2012年發行同名電影《瘟疫求生指南》，提名為奧斯卡最佳紀錄片及紐約影評人協會最佳新人獎。充滿戲劇性發展的過程，讀者將目睹愛滋病解放力量聯盟(ACT UP)及TAG 治療行動組織(Treatment Action Group)如何勇敢抵抗反對聲浪，以及愛滋病患為了生存，因而發展愛滋病治療藥物齊多夫定(AZT)地下黑市的蓬勃發展。透過作者大衛‧法蘭斯精湛的文筆帶領讀者一同體驗這場世紀醫療戰役。
The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic—from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague.
A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become full partners in the race for effective treatments. Around the globe, 16 million people are alive today thanks to their efforts.
Not since the publication of Randy Shilts’s classic And the Band Played On has a book measured the AIDS plague in such brutally human, intimate, and soaring terms.
In dramatic fashion, we witness the founding of ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group), and the rise of an underground drug market in opposition to the prohibitively expensive (and sometimes toxic) AZT. We watch as these activists learn to become their own researchers, lobbyists, drug smugglers, and clinicians, establishing their own newspapers, research journals, and laboratories, and as they go on to force reform in the nation’s disease-fighting agencies.
With his unparalleled access to this community David France illuminates the lives of extraordinary characters, including the closeted Wall Street trader-turned-activist, the high school dropout who found purpose battling pharmaceutical giants in New York, the South African physician who helped establish the first officially recognized buyers’ club at the height of the epidemic, and the public relations executive fighting to save his own life for the sake of his young daughter.
Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights. Powerful, heart-wrenching, and finally exhilarating, How to Survive a Plague is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.