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When We Talk About HIV, Who Are We Not Talking About Enough?

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Theodore Kerr

Theodore Kerr

Visual AIDS, New York City

I have two answers. First, women. It doesn't matter if a woman is aboriginal, Asian, black, brown, drug injecting, gay, gender non-conforming, homeless, imprisoned, Latina, married, poor, pregnant, queer, rich, senior, straight, street-involved, trans, white, and/or otherwise, she will be overlooked in the conversation around AIDS. A deadly second classing. Working through culture with women all over the world, Jessica Whitbread, current global chair of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, is changing this.

Second, systems and structures. Too often AIDS talk revolves around individuals and their behaviors, or communities and their behaviors, meanwhile going under-discussed is the crushing role the state, corporations and cultural norms play on our ability to care for ourselves and each other. This is something that I learned from J. Bob Alotta of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Dean Spade.




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