The Gender Politics of HIV/AIDS in Women: Perspectives on the Pandemic in the United States

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Women now account for the majority of all new HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in the United States. Yet, the resources allotted to women for research, health services, education, and outreach remain woefully inadequate. The Gender Politics of HIV/AIDS in Women fills crucial gaps in understanding the specific effects of HIV and AIDS on women's lives. The first comprehensive, interdisciplinary volume on this topic, The Gender Politics of HIV/AIDS in Women emphasizes marginalized populations such as the homeless, sexworkers, youth, the elderly, intravenous drug users, transgendered people, lesbians, bisexuals, incarcerated women, and victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. From their posts at the center of the pandemic - in the laboratory, the academy, clinics, and community based organizations - experts such as Evelynn Hammonds, Risa Denenberg, Michelle Murrain, and Paul Farmer criticize blind spots in the recognition and treatment of HIV in women and articulate accessible and practical solutions to specific areas of difficulty. Ideal both for course use and practical application in the medical and helping professions, and offering an unprecedented breadth and depth, this book is indispensable reading for all those interested in the study of HIV in women.
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"It has long been a belief of the feminist academic community that personal voices and experiences must be validated and heard. This volume succeeds admirably in being true to that tradition."

-Canadia HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814730942
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 470

Meet the Author

Jennifer L. Manlowe is Coordinator of the Brown University AIDS Program. She is the author of Faith Born of Seduction: Sexual Trauma, Body Image, and Religion, also available from NYU Press.

[Author Bio]

Nancy Goldstein is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College. She also directs individual and small-group tutorials for students in the Harvard University Women's Studies Program.

[Author Bio]

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Critiques of Biomedical Discourse
1 Biomedical Models of HIV and Women 25
2 Barriers to the Inclusion of Women in Research and Clinical Trials 43
3 Caught in the Crossfire: Women and the Search for the Magic Bullet 63
4 Adolescent Underrepresentation in Clinical AIDS Research 74
5 Lesbians and the Medical Profession: HIV/AIDS and the Pursuit of Visibility 86
Pt. II Institutional(ized) Myopia
6 Seeing AIDS: Race, Gender, and Representation 113
7 "Si, tenemos sexo con mujeres, pero no somos marimachas." (Sure, we have sex with women, but we're not lesbians.): Sexual Diversity in the Los Angeles Latina Community - Ethnographic Findings, 1987-95 127
8 Midlife and Older Women and HIV/AIDS: My (Grand)mother Wouldn't Do That 155
9 HIV/AIDS and Asian and Pacific Islander Women 168
10 Interpersonal Power and Women's HIV Risk 188
11 Hitting Hard: HIV and Violence 207
12 Put Her in a Cage: Childhood Sexual Abuse, Incarceration, and HIV Infection 222
13 Women, Violence, and HIV/AIDS 242
14 Social Context and HIV: Testing and Treatment Issues among Commercial Street Sex Workers 252
Pt. III Working (through) Solutions
15 Healing from Within: Women, HIV/AIDS, and the African-American Church 273
16 The Bond Is Called Blackness: Black Women and AIDS 282
17 Coming to Their Own Rescue: Teens Teach Teens about HIV 292
18 Haitian Teens Confront AIDS: A Partners in Health Program on Social Justice and AIDS Prevention 302
19 HIV Does Not Erase Desire: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Concerns of Women with HIV/AIDS 323
20 Native Women Living beyond HIV/AIDS Infection 337
21 Can Needle Exchange Better Serve Women? 357
22 Leather, Lace, and Latex: Safer Sex for Women 373
23 Gender, Freedom, and Safety: Does the U.S. Have Anything to Learn from Cuban AIDS Policy? 385
Pt. IV Women with AIDS Speak Out
24 Ayisa 403
25 Carol 409
26 Yoco 420
27 Cliff 426
28 Noelle 434
29 Jeanette 442
30 Cindy 446
Index 451
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