Learning to Trust: Australian Responses to AIDS
by Paul Sendziuk
University of New South Wales Press, 262 pages
by David Menadue
Allen and Unwin, 243 pages
WHEN WE TALK about the history and future of AIDS, we tend to do so through narratives of tragedy and disaster and despair. The reasons for this are obvious. But, except within the academic and the professional journals, we rarely acknowledge that there is another side to the story—one of hope and achievement. In Learning to Trust, Paul Sendziuk offers us access to this other story—not through fiction or journalism, as might be expected, but through history: the history of Australia’s remarkable success in containing the spread of HIV/AIDS.