OLD AIDS, NEW AIDS: A Study on the Effects of Antiretroviral Treatment on Non-Governmental Support Communities for HIV-Positive People in Germany
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
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
HIV, AIDS, Germany, antiretroviral treatment, biopolitical communities, responsibilization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211723DiVA: diva2:668221
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Körling, Gabriella, PhD