Male HomosexualityAnd Seropositivity

Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa and Peter Aggleton

in Framing the Sexual Subject

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520218369
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922754 | DOI:
Male HomosexualityAnd Seropositivity

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This chapter examines some recent work on emerging homosexual and gay identities and communities in countries such as Brazil. It studies how these new forms have been connected to the experience of HIV infection and the construction of seropositivity as a subtle social/sexual identity. It takes a look at the social organization of homosexuality in Brazil before and after the emergence of AIDS. The discussion also emphasizes the many ways the epidemic has changed the subjective experience of homosexual men. This chapter also explains how gay men and emerging gay communities have affected Brazilian society's responses to AIDS, and how this contribution has influenced the reconstruction of social representations of the epidemic and themselves.

Keywords: homosexual identities; gay communities; HIV infection; seropositivity; social/sexual identity; social organization; homosexuality; homosexual men; responses to AIDS; social representations

Chapter.  7191 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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