Since 1988, December 1 has been World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to remember its victims. This year, the current pandemic has a lot of people asking questions about how viruses spread, how they can get out of control, and how scientists work to eradicate them. Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America came out in 2019, but the story it tells can help with a lot of those questions. The AIDS crisis changed the way American healthcare approaches pandemics and, because so many of those who were affected were from marginalized communities, how activism and education became central parts of the search for a cure or therapeutics.
Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America is an unflinching, but compassionate look at how that health crisis changed history and provides really good information about infectious diseases in general.