By Stephanie Kane
What do govt healthiness regulations, principal American rituals, blue- and white-collar employees, HIV, and the warfare on medicines have in universal with mayhem, homicide, and different social evils? AIDS Alibis is a clean, astute - in a note, hip - research of that commonality.
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The majority of her clients were men, although she also performed unprotected oral sex on women. She knew that at least nine men and six women clients were injectors. Like most of the prostitutes I talked to, she reported using condoms with everyone except her boyfriend. She began this discipline three months after she started sex work as a result of a case of gonorrhea. She was in good health; she found herself in jail about once a week; she had donated or sold blood after 1979. With this interview completed, we tape recorded a free-form life history interview focusing on sex and drug-related HIV risk.
Drawing on "the authority of death that lies at the source of the story-form" (Taussig 1997, 77), I bring apparently unrelated or contradictory subject matter (north/south, intimacy/institutions, risk/crime) within one framework, searching for clusters and edges of meaning. The space between stories is unformed. Nevertheless, each space has a moral valence, a capacity to unite, react, or interact with readers' ideas and beliefs. Valences shift as we sense frictions and coincidences in plot, tone, and setting, both within the book and between book and world.
Without institutional change, the virus wins. And that's why most of the money allocated to this epidemic gets poured into the search for a pharmaceutical cure, the magic that will solve the problem while allowing the distribution of power and health to remain more or less the same. The National Commission on AIDS (1992, 11) has warned: "We cannot continue to teach individuals about the dangers of certain behaviors as if they choose to engage in them indiscriminately. We would do well to take account of social forces and institutions that Page 34 undermine individuals' capacity to adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle.