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Resource List: HIV/AIDS, Public Health & Health Equity

February 9, 2024

The curated collection of resources below delves into the multifaceted narrative of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including historical insights, public health perspectives, and personal stories. These resources address many different themes related to health and health equity and ultimately aim to deepen your understanding of this global health challenge.

We created this collection to accompany the National Library of Medicine exhibit, AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People's History of a Pandemic, currently on display in the lobby of Drexel’s Health Sciences Building. Just as the exhibit illuminates diverse responses to the AIDS pandemic, this resource list aims to help you understand, reflect on and learn from this pivotal time in our history. We hope these resources will also help raise awareness about the ongoing challenges posed by HIV/AIDS and inspire action to address them.

For additional information and resources related to HIV/AIDS and the exhibit AIDS, Posters & Stories of Public Health, visit our online exhibit & resource guide.

Communication, Media, and Outreach

Communication and Community Engagement in Disease Outbreaks: Dealing with Rights, Culture, Complexity and Context

Disability Representation in Film, TV, and Print Media

Positive Images: Gay Men & HIV/AIDS in the Culture of ‘Post-Crisis’

The Palgrave Handbook of Social Movements, Revolution, and Social Transformation

The Routledge History of queer America

The Routledge History of Sex and the Body in the West, 1500 to the Present

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Health Equity, Social Justice, and Activism

Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Context, Controversies, and Solutions

Tackling Causes and Consequences of Health Inequalities: A Practical Guide

The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide

HIV/AIDS: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, and Social Impacts

AIDS and the Distribution of Crises

Social Determinants of Health: Effects of Inequity

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS

Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century

LGBTQ+ Issues and Representation

LGBTQ+: Support and Care: Combatting stigma and discrimination

Queer Adolescence: Understanding the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Youth

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Literature, Fiction, Memoirs, and Poetry

Always Remember: the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt: A Selection of Panels Created by and or International Fashion Designers

Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration

Don't Call Us Dead

Facing It: A Novel of AIDS

Funeral Diva

Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, & What I Learned


Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

The Sweetness of Water: A Novel