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OLD AIDS, NEW AIDS: A Study on the Effects of Antiretroviral Treatment on Non-Governmental Support Communities for HIV-Positive People in Germany
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the ways in which improvements in HIV and AIDStreatment affect the German non-governmental support community for HIVpositivepeople. It draws on two months of anthropological fieldwork conductedin four different federal states in Germany between June and August 2012. Thisfieldwork consists of semi-structured interviews and participant observation.The study seeks to understand how the reduction in severity of an HIV diagnosisaffects the people involved in HIV/AIDS-related education and social support,and the ways in which their communities are reproduced. The thesis will arguethat a perception of AIDS as a normal, treatable disease coexists withdiscriminatory practices that stem from fear. It seeks to trace how both viewsaffect the non-governmental AIDS-sector. It will argue, further, that thoseindividuals who work formally and informally in the sector act as bearers of abiopolitical regime. The thesis demonstrates that a belief in the notion ofpersonal responsibility and autonomy is central to this form of biopolitics, andexplains the ways in which they adapt and extend this regime to the lives ofHIV-positive people. A belief in the notion of personal responsibility andautonomy causes HIV-positive people who want to avoid being perceived asirresponsible to keep their diagnosis to themselves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 145 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 46
Keyword [en]
HIV, AIDS, Germany, antiretroviral treatment, biopolitical communities, responsibilization
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211723DiVA: diva2:668221
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2013-12-10Bibliographically approved

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