Books from Our Faculty: The AIDS Generation by Perry Halkitis

In this new book, Perry Halkitis, Steinhardt professor of applied psychology, public health, and population health and director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at NYU, examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by HIV-positive gay men who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. The book narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.

“For young gay men who came of age in the United States in the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic was a formative experience in fear, hardship, and loss,” says Halkitis. Those who were diagnosed before 1996 suffered an exceptionally high rate of mortality, and the survivors—both the infected individuals and those close to them—today constitute a “bravest generation” in American history.