When I give a talk about my work on drug resistance in HIV, I often get a lot of general questions about HIV and AIDS – mainly during the coffee break. It seems that many people are interested in HIV/AIDS. Here are some books and a movie about HIV, AIDS and HIV/AIDS research. All of them are highly recommended!
Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge by Steven Epstein. This is a book about what happened in the world of HIV/AIDS research during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic.
And the band played on by Randy Shilts, a classic about the AIDS epidemic in the USA.
The epidemic by Jonathan Engel about the AIDS epidemic worldwide.
Movie: How to survive a plague by David France about AIDS activism in the 80s and first half of the 90s. This documentary was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.
In 2012 there was a special issue on HIV/AIDS in the USA in Science. This is great if you are interested in the current situation in the USA.
Carl Zimmer wrote a nice little book about viruses