"An intimate view of how stigma and class inequality produce suffering at the hands of our two emblematic viruses: Covid and HIV.... Moving and compelling. "

Author of Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

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From preeminent LGBTQ scholar, social critic, and journalist Steven W. Thrasher comes a powerful and crucial exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our times: how viruses expose the fault lines of society. 

"An irresistibly readable and humane exploration of the barbarities of class...readers are gifted that most precious of things in these muddled times: a clear lens through which to see the world."
―Naomi Klein, 
New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

"Required reading for everyone concerned with transforming unequal access to health care in a world where pandemic heightens the brutality of inequality."
―Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop and What Truth Sounds Like

"Powerful and revelatory, this is an essential, paradigm-shifting book."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Rigorous scholarship and intimate portraits of life and death on the margins make this a must-read."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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