Hold tight gently michael callen essex hemphill and the battlefield of aids item preview remove circle share or embed this item embed embed for wordpresscom hosted blogs and archiveorg item description tags want more advanced embedding details examples and help no favorite share flag flag this item for graphic violence graphic sexual content texts hold tight gently . Michael callen and essex hemphill come back to life in these pages funny and moving enlightening and thoughtful inspiring and enraging this dual biography reveals the heartbreaking losses caused by the epidemic as well as the many ways people fought back it can teach those who werent there what that first decade of aids was like and remind those of us who were how intense those years . In martin dubermans latest book hold tight gently he chronicles the aids epidemic in the u s from the years 1981 through 1995 by highlighting the lives of two of the gay communitys finest artists michael callen and essex hemphill both of whom died of aids michael on december 27 1993 essex on november 5 1995 both men were thirty eight years old at the time of their deaths mr . Hold tight gently michael callen essex hemphill and the battlefield of aids martin duberman new press perseus dist 2795 368p isbn 978 1 59558 945 3. In december 1995 the us food and drug administration approved the release of protease inhibitors the first effective treatment for aids for countless people the drug offered a reprieve from what had been a death sentence for others it was too late in the united states alone more than 318000 people had already died from aids related complications among them the singer michael callen
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