‘Our Stories Told by Us: Celebrating the African Contribution to the UK HIV Response’ is a groundbreaking book that sheds light on the often-overlooked experiences of Black African women living with HIV in the UK. Compiled by editors from Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, the book features 40 poignant narratives that navigate the complex terrain of HIV over the past four decades. These stories, carefully selected from personal contacts, not only highlight the resilience of individuals living with HIV but also emphasize the evolving nature of the condition and the persistent stigma that surrounds it.
In addition to chronicling the advancements in HIV treatment and the growing number of individuals aging with HIV, the book serves as a powerful call to action. It urges readers to confront the enduring stigma associated with HIV, emphasizing the need to keep the conversation alive. ‘Our Stories Told by Us’ is not just a compilation of narratives; it’s a testament to the strength of community, fostering understanding, empathy, and awareness about the challenges faced by those living with HIV. For those seeking a deeper insight into the human side of the HIV experience, this book is a must-read