Blood Ties


For years the media has surreptitiously brand HIV and AIDS as being a "gay man's disease" and almost completely rendered positive woman invisible.

This invisibility has resulted in many positive women feeling isolated, vulnerable and under unspoken criticism as they face each new challenge thrown into their lives.

Blood Ties, published in 2001 and edited by Salli Trathen, is 5 very different Australian women's stories sharing with the world how they were happily busy enjoying their lives in varied ways when they were suddenly confronted with the fact they were HIV positive.

They are honest and forthright in their stories.
These women have not accepted HIV as their lot but have come to terms with their diagnosis and learnt to love life again, even after they have been forced onto a path not of their choosing.