I am participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. My theme is My Favorite Books. Most of the books I will be posting about, I have read more than once. After all, they are my favorites.
A is for And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts.
When this book came out in 1987, I was working in the medical device manufacturing field. I dealt with blood products on a daily basis. Ensuring that the blood was safe for all who handled it was a huge concern. Safety precautions were critical and strictly enforced. But understanding the HIV virus and how it could be transmitted to others was still misunderstood.
So reading this book provided me with a great deal of insight. I was so thankful I read this book as I later had several friends infected with HIV. Since I was armed with valuable information, I had no fear of their medical situation and was glad for their friendship.
Read this book if you want to learn about the history of HIV and AIDS in the United States.