Shared embarrassment: (not) talking about sex in HIV related doctor-patient encounters



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Villaamil Pérez, Fernando (2014) Shared embarrassment: (not) talking about sex in HIV related doctor-patient encounters. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 33 (4). pp. 335-350. ISSN 0145-9740

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Prevention with positives (PP) has occupied a central role in HIV prevention strategies since the introduction of effective therapies. International guidelines present counselling in medical settings as an ideal strategy for promoting safer sex practices among people with HIV and AIDS. Nevertheless, anthropologists and other social scientists have long been putting under intense scrutiny dimensions of power and conflict in the doctor - patient relationship. In this article, PP is analyzed as a biopolitical technology, part of the larger framework of Public Health as a governmental project. Given the present redefinition of HIV prevention priorities amid a deep economic crisis in Spain, it has become urgent to ask to what extent and how sex and prevention becomes an issue in real face to face interaction, and with what effect: what role PP and its absence play in configuring both the “HIV doctor” and the ‘person with HIV’ as specific subjectivities.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:HIV/AIDS, positive prevention, biopolitics, technology, subjectivity
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Communicable diseases
Medical sciences > Psychology > Sex psychology
Social sciences > Sociology > Anthropology
ID Code:30816
Deposited On:11 Jun 2015 08:47
Last Modified:27 Dec 2015 00:01

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