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Hervé Guibert: Living Without a Vaccine

Hervé Guibert at home, Paris, September 1987

In 1988 the French novelist and photographer Hervé Guibert was diagnosed with HIV. Two years later, Éditions Gallimard published To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, a stark autobiographical book about his desperate effort to gain access to an experimental “AIDS vaccine.” To the Friend comprises a series of portraits of friends and lovers whom illness and its specters torment throughout its one hundred chapters.