By Asha Persson, Shana D. Hughes
This edited quantity offers an in depth portrait of residing with combined HIV prestige, the place one associate is HIV-positive and the opposite detrimental. Readers will come to appreciate some of the and complicated ways that those mixed-status, or serodiscordant construct a lifestyles jointly in the shadow of HIV-related stigma. Spanning the globe, assurance explores serodiscordance as a negotiated perform and strategy, inseparable from the social context within which it really is located. The publication indicates how draw on varied and occasionally contradictory cultural discourses of drugs, romance, and “normality” to make experience of and deal with their combined HIV prestige and any perceived dangers, now not uncommonly in ways in which leave from triumphing HIV prevention messages. all through, compelling own tales accompany the empirical examine, sharing the firsthand studies of guys and girls in serodiscordant relationships. Bringing jointly learn from assorted disciplines and nation-states, this publication contributes vital insights for destiny HIV overall healthiness merchandising in addition to bargains new wisdom to scholarship at the cultural intersections of ailment and intimacy. it is going to attract a extensive viewers operating around the fields of HIV, well-being, gender, sexuality, improvement, and human rights.
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We would sit in a café filled with queers and paw over images of the thrilling urban life we desired so much. Then P. com © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017 A. D. 1007/978-3-319-42725-6_2 15 16 P. Savage pausing, chilled, on page after page of obituaries. A few years later I hit the queer scene, just early enough to pass the spectral form of Brenton Heath-Kerr, maintaining an elegant dignity as he walked painfully down Oxford street in his last days. His fragile frame has left a permanent mark on my memory.
A. Koester et al. messages – “you will live a normal life” and “you could be arrested for having sex”– present opposing biological and social realities. In this chapter, we offer an analysis of a contemporary representation of HIV as we enter the “End of AIDS” era. Specifically, we present views from the social worlds of young people in serodiscordant relationships, in which one partner is HIV-negative and the other HIV-positive, as they reflect on a novel biomedical HIV prevention strategy. The focus of this chapter socially situates the discourses circulating about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by exploring how young people coupled with HIV-positive partners are making sense of PrEP.
I’m not about to drift off and be somewhere else. I’m not like that. If I wasn’t drifting off and thinking about some other stuff when I was having sex with someone who wasn’t positive, why am I going to do that with someone who is positive? It doesn’t make sense to me. I just act the same as I do to her as I did to other girls. It’s not at all different. Maybe a little bit more special, but that’s about it. She is my baby mama [laughs]. In clear contrast to Janeah and others, Jose claimed HIV did not change his experience of sex as an opportunity “to be one” with Laura.