Today is Launch Day & Bonus #HIVLoveWins Tweet Chat Tomorrow

Today's the day, friends! After two years of work in earnest and five years of work total, Positively Negative is live on Amazon. Already, it's racking up some great reviews:

I am an unapologetic sucker for a (good) love story and a (believable) happy ending. Despite the hopeful title of this article, I admit that I wasn’t expecting either. This is HIV, after all, but Boerner deftly distills (in clear, comprehensible language despite all the scientific terms) both the controversial issues of unprotected sex and HIV and the science that makes it possible for these couples to safely conceive. This work documenting the medical advancement and courageous trail-blazers is a thrilling page-turner, but the white-hot center of this meticulously researched work is the compelling story of the families and their unfolding struggles for a child of their own. That such a thing is safely possible boggles the mind and lifts the spirit.

Heather Boerner’s razor sharp reporting with her open eyes and heart offers fantastic documentation of the tremendous transition during the last decade of HIV research. Perhaps more importantly she contributes to a new lexicon of possibility. I have spoken with hundreds of couples like the Morgans and Hartmanns who feel isolated as they search for answers. This book is an answer and offers solid science describing the possibility of an HIV-free generation - it is full of hope and possibility.Thank you for sharing your gift of words, your beautiful mind and your dedication to publishing this in long form. So many people will feel seen and know that they are not alone

... [I]f you are interested in issues of reproductive science and fertility, public health policy, women’s sexual health (including the way science sometimes ignores women’s sexual health), and the future of HIV treatment. I was especially intrigued by her analysis of how the history of the stigma and fear surrounding AIDS has in some ways prevented progress and changes in policy, even in the face of scientific-medical advances. Ultimately an uplifting story and timely in a way no one could have have expected, given the news today about the tragic loss of so many researchers who have been working toward cures and treatment for HIV/AIDS.

I am so delighted that the message is getting out there, especially in light of the devastating news that up to 100 HIV researchers may have been killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight disaster over Russia yesterday. We have not seen the last of this, and the ripples will go on for years. As I told a reporter I spoke to today, who know what those researchers could have achieved? Might one of them been the one (or team) to cure HIV? The thought makes me shaky. 

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As Shannon Weber from BAPAC (and the doyenne of LoveYou2.org) notes in the above image (taken from Melbourne, where she is attending the International AIDS Conference), we will carry on. 

For me and for HIV-affected couples, that means that we'll be getting together on Twitter at 4:30 pm Eastern tomorrow for another #HIVLoveWins twitter chat and virtual book launch. I'm delighted to bring my book launch to Twitter. Poppy, one of the women I followed in the book, will be on hand to talk about her experience. If you're interested, log on to Twitter at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and search for #HIVLoveWins. Please join us. Ask questions, talk to Poppy and let's start the healing from this terrible tragedy.