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Giving It Raw: Nearly 30 Years with AIDS


30 years ago, the world was a very different place. That’s when Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, a native of Santiago, Chile, moved to Vancouver, discovered he was HIV-positive and was faced with the question of how to seize his life. In 1985 terms, he had an unsurvivable illness. In his own terms, he had new license to face his mortality with grit and dark humor.

A a no-holds-barred account of the irreverent, dirty, and illuminating escapades in Carrasco's three decades of living with HIV/AIDS, working in HIV clinics, and being involved in the BDSM and fetish community, 'Giving It Raw' is the first and only Canadian memoir of its kind.


"Unflinching ... Intellectual ... Breathtaking."
- Diane Anderson-Minshall, editor, 'The Advocate' & 'HIVplus'

"Reads like poetry ... Told in a style that’s lilting, thought-provoking, and even a little naughty."
- Brent Calderwood, 'A&U Magazine'

"Visceral and brutally honest, at turns slapstick and erudite."
- Mitch Kellaway, 'HIVplus Magazine'

"There is something in 'Giving It Raw' that will resonate within you like a cathedral bell."
- Ryan Kerr, 'Daily Xtra'

"A rich ethnographic fresco ... Flashes of brilliance." -Tom Waugh, in Foreword