Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum-security Prison

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Overlook Press, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 408 pages
The statistics are staggering: 20 percent of all women coming into the New York State prison system either have AIDS or are HIV positive. In response to this very real scenario, a group of inmates at the women's prison at Bedford Hills, New York, conceived of the A.C.E. (AIDS Counseling and Education) Program, and against overwhelming odds made this groundbreaking project a reality. Breaking the Walls of Silence documents the A.C.E. Program from its beginnings, recorded in the women's own voices, and it provides a series of nine education and counseling workshops that any community, family, or individual can use to break the silence that surrounds this deadly disease.

"There is much to learn from their stories which document important aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic". -- Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., Founding Co-Chair and Chairman of the Board, AmFAR

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PREFACE by Whoopi Goldberg
FOREWORD by Katrina Haslip

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