PrEP on Trial: the Future of HIV in Indonesian Policy Worlds

Benjamin Hegarty , August 23rd, 2022

In 2012, the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs, billed as a pill a day to prevent HIV, were authorized for use in the United States. Heralded as a…


Chronic Experimentation by Kane Race

Kane Race , February 26th, 2021

The introduction of effective combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV disease in 1996 was commonly narrated as a major event that transformed HIV from an inevitable death sentence into…


Chronic caring in unstable landscapes by Josien de Klerk

Josien de Klerk , February 26th, 2021

The current ‘end of AIDS era,’ referred to as Treat All in policy circles,is characterized by the primary aim of identifying and putting all HIV-positive people on antiretroviral treatment …


COVID-19 and The Lessons Anthropology Learned from HIV/AIDS by Merrill Singer

Merrill Singer , June 30th, 2020

On April 24, 1980, Ken Horne, a San Francisco resident, was reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a young man suffering with an old man’s…


Some Chloroquine-AZT Parallels and Science’s Credibility Struggles

Larissa Costa Duarte , June 23rd, 2020

As an anthropologist and STS researcher, a great deal of my academic career has been proudly dedicated to studying and denouncing the bias, inequalities, and prejudice within both…


HIV: God’s punishment for sexual deviants or a holy gift against Corona? by Tankut Atuk

Tankut Atuk , May 12th, 2020

In Turkey, HIV has never been considered a “Turkish” issue, but an issue of Eastern European sex workers and Western queers, both perceived as sexual deviants. However, according…


From HIV to COVID19: Anthropology, urgency, and the politics of engagement by Thurka Sangaramoorthy

Thurka Sangaramoorthy , May 1st, 2020

These comments were originally prepared for the “COVID-19 and Anthropology: Disease, Social Justice, and Well Being” Webinar hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section on…


Emergency Alerts for COVID-19 in South Korea by Bo Kyeong Seo

Bo Kyeong Seo , April 24th, 2020

[Mapo District] The 15th confirmed case occurred (return from overseas, Sangsu-dong). For more info, please check on our website and blog.  [Yeongdeungpo District] The 22nd Corona case confirmed….


PrEP at the After/Party: The ‘Post-AIDS’ Politics of Frank Ocean’s “PrEP+” by Benjamin Weil

Benjamin Weil , November 4th, 2019

Introduction HIV/AIDS prevention efforts have taken many forms, ranging from pop-up stalls at LGBTQ+ Pride parades to circuit parties at popular queer venues. In this essay, we examine…


Crafting a ‘critically-applied’ PrEP collaboration in Memphis by Matthew Thomann

Matthew Thomann , October 21st, 2019

Encountering PrEP I became interested in PrEP as an object of anthropological research on the L train between 1st and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan. It was the summer…


PrEP at the Margins: Towards a Critically Applied Anthropology of Nordic PrEP Access by Tony Joakim Sandset

Tony Joakim Sandset , September 9th, 2019

In the spirit of this series on a ‘critically applied’ approach to PrEP, this piece shows how thinking with the concept of marginality can contribute to an analysis…


The social life of PrEP in Kenya by Jennifer L. Syvertsen

Jennifer L. Syvertsen , August 12th, 2019

I have perhaps an unpopular position to declare: Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an enormous biomedical breakthrough in the prevention of HIV, it also symbolizes much of what…


Internet-Based Access to PrEP in the U.S.: A “Critically Applied” Approach and the Symbolic Effects of a Clinical-Technological Assemblage by Shana Hughes

Shana Hughes , July 22nd, 2019

Introduction “I‘d been trying to get PrEP through my physician at the time, and …I had to print up all these studies and all the prescription information because…


“Zero infections. Zero deaths. Zero stigma.” by Ryan Whitacre

Ryan Whitacre , June 17th, 2019

The UNAIDS mission of “Getting to Zero” is supported by three key goals: “Zero infections. Zero deaths. Zero stigma.” By taking up this mission, the San Francisco Department…


Scholarly Stretching and Meta-Ethnography in the Medico-Legal Borderlands by Laura Bisaillon

Laura Bisaillon , April 19th, 2019

We met some years back at a scholarly conference where we were both presenting papers on a common theme: health care in the service of the law. We…


Patient Zero and the Making of a Myth: History as an Archaeology of the Present by Ketil Slagstad

Ketil Slagstad , October 12th, 2018

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic Richard A. McKay University of Chicago Press, 2017, 400 pages   “An innocent he was not. He eventually told…


Book Review: Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World by Crystal Biruk

Rose Deller , August 16th, 2018

In Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World, Crystal Biruk offers an analysis of the production of data within HIV-AIDS quantitative survey research conducted in Malawi. This…

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Everything You Thought You Knew about Orphans in Africa Is Probably Wrong

Alma Gottlieb , December 15th, 2017

Policy makers, development workers, orphanage voluntourists, missionaries, prospective adoptive parents: ignore this book at your peril.   “AIDS orphans” are commonly imagined as the…

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Book Forum – Hervé Guibert’s Cytomegalovirus: A Hospitalization Diary by Eugene Raikhel

Eugene Raikhel , December 2nd, 2016

A quarter-century after it was written, Hervé Guibert’s Cytomegalovirus reads both as a vital document of a particular moment in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and as…


Not Getting Closure: Reflecting on the Vindication of Gaetan Dugas by Greg Clinton

Greg Clinton , November 21st, 2016

Now drowned in the torrent of post-election analysis, on October 26, 2016, the journal Nature published a study which traced genomic data in an effort to map the spread…


Susan Reynolds Whyte’s Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda by Jason Johnson Peretz

Jason Johnson Peretz , July 18th, 2016

Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda Susan Reynolds Whyte, editor Contributions by Godfrey Etyang, Phoebe Kajubi, David Kyaddondo, Lotte Meinert, Hanne Mogensen, Jenipher Twebaze, Michael A. Whyte …


The public health implications of HIV criminalization: a special issue of Critical Public Health by Michelle Pentecost

Michelle Pentecost , July 27th, 2015

The latest issue of Critical Public Health features a Special Issue on HIV Criminalisation and Public Health. Guest editor Eric Mykhalovskiy outlines the public health implications of HIV…


Daniel Jordan Smith’s AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria by Darja Djordjevic

Darja Djordjevic , July 22nd, 2015

AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria. University of Chicago Press, 2014, 208 pages In Daniel Jordan Smith’s AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face:…


Web Roundup: Assorted stories by Lily Shapiro

Lily Shapiro , June 30th, 2015

It’s been a very busy week, and I imagine everyone has been reading a lot about Charleston, SCOTUS, the ISIS attacks, and Greece. This web roundup isn’t going…