A definitive contribution to understanding what AIDS is and what it means. In clear, cogent prose, the myths are exploded: no one ever got AIDS by donating blood; no child ever caught AIDS from attending school with an AIDS-infected student. Interesting new research is quoted, such as the fact that AIDS has affected a disproportionately large number of black people, twice what their statistical number should indicate. The clinical, ethical, legal, and political aspects of the disease are treated thoroughly here, along with economic factors. For those already ill, the situation is often horrendous. Shunned by their communities, blamed for their illness in an unprecedented way, these are the true lepers of our time. Experimental treatments are ""extremely difficult"" to obtain, and the health-care system seems poorly prepared as well. Doctors are not always on the right side, either. The medical profession has not ""welcomed gay practitioners or patients,"" and existing health clinics are so inadequate that separate ""gay health clinics"" have been necessarily established. Contains a state-by-state, town-by-town list of help organizations.