(Un)touchability: Disclosure and the Ethics of Loss

Armendinger, Brent
September 2009
Journal of Medical Humanities;Sep2009, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p173
Academic Journal
In this lyrical essay, I attempt to unravel the complexity behind new modes of HIV prevention and the rise of segregation among people of different antibody status in queer communities. In particular, I question the ease with which disclosure of HIV status is equated with safe sex. Because disclosure often reproduces the power dynamics of confession, I try to imagine an ethics of reciprocity in bearing witness. The essay is perforated by poetic fragments, the way all bodies are perforated, infected or not.


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