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Book review of ‘Our Kind of People: thoughts on the HIV/AIDS epidemic’ by Uzodinma Iweala
  1. Cassie Leach Fairhead
  1. Correspondence to Cassie Leach Fairhead, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex BN36EG, UK; cass.fairhead{at}

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In this thoughtful and open-minded narrative, Nigerian doctor and novelist Uzodinma Iweala explores the reality of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning with the stereotypical storyline of the illness's destructive impacts through the fictional tale of promiscuous, ignorant, naive and ultimately helpless ‘Jerome’, Iweala goes on to challenge this misconception, and the way in which the epidemic has added to the unrealistic identification of Africa as a continent of pain and suffering.

As he leads us across Nigeria the many people he speaks to share their hugely …

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  • ‘Our Kind of People: Thoughts on the HIV/AIDS epidemic’ by Uzodinma Iweala, Published by John Murray Publishers, London, 2012, pp. 228, ISBN: 978-071952-340-3.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.