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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice$
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246140

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246140.001.0001

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In Our Own Backyard: HIV/AIDS Stigmatization in the Latino Gay Community

In Our Own Backyard: HIV/AIDS Stigmatization in the Latino Gay Community

(p.50) Chapter 2 In Our Own Backyard: HIV/AIDS Stigmatization in the Latino Gay Community
Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Rafael M. Díaz

University of California Press

Recent increases in sexual risk behavior and the consequent rise in new HIV infections among gay men during the last few years have been attributed mostly to the impact of new HIV medications, that is, to a lessening of fear or caring about infection. This is a residue of HIV/AIDS' transition from a fatal to manageable nature. The proposed explanation is that young gay men in the United States unfamiliar to the plight of preceding generations of gay men and frequently exposed to live and printed images of healthy, muscular, and attractive HIV-positive men, do not fear the disease strongly enough to comply with the demands of safer sex practices. This chapter posits that the stigmatization that contraction of HIV/AIDS entails, spoils the prospects of young gay men, specifically in the context of gay relationship, thus prompting them to deliberately ignore an identification.

Keywords:   sexual risk behavior, HIV medication, manageable, stigmatization, fear, HIV-positive men

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