When the lengthy process of compiling this book began, little had been written in Britain about women and HIV. While women's issues relating to HIV/AIDS continue to be marginalized, there has recently been a noticeable upsurge of interest accompanied by a flurry of publications. Hence the reader might be forgiven for asking why we need another book on the topic. The simple answer is that this is not a book 'about' women and HIV so much as an attempt to make links between feminism — both as a body of theory and as an activist politics — and the impact on women of the epidemic of HIV infection in Britain. One implication of a feminist as opposed to what might be called a woman-centred approach is that writing about men and masculinity is included here, as part of a critique of the part played by social constructions of gender in this health crisis.