Touch of AIDS : A love story

Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Meri-Jan Rochelson

Third Advisor's Name

Dan Wakefield

Date of Defense



Touch of AIDS: A Love Story is a memoir covering the ten years since my husband, Steven's HIV positive diagnosis in 1987. The story begins when we find our circumstances redefined and our future challenged by the plague of this century. Steven's inability to withstand the toxic effects of the earliest approved antiviral drugs leads us to turn to alternative therapies. After his conversion to AIDS we return to Western medicine but continue on a quest that takes us from Taoist studies at home in Florida to sacred Navajo ceremonies in Arizona. As Steven finds that healing comes in great part from the journey itself and that he is stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually than he was before his HIV diagnosis, I realize that we can live with fear as long as we don't become its victims. Love and hope empower our lives as we live with AIDS.



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