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Allen M. Omoto & A. Lauren Crain

In: AIDS, Identity, and Community: The HIV Epidemic and Lesbians and Gay Men

Chapter 11: AIDS Volunteerism: Lesbian and Gay Community-Based Responses to HIV

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AIDS Volunteerism: Lesbian and Gay Community-Based Responses to HIV
AIDS volunteerism: Lesbian and gay community-based responses to HIV
AllenM.Omoto
A.LaurenCrain

There can be little doubt that the HIV epidemic in the United States has had its most profound impact on the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community, which we here refer to generically as the gay community. Medical science has grappled with HIV and its intricacies and mutations with only limited success. Meanwhile, thousands of gay and bisexual men have become sick and died of AIDS-related causes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1993). In addition, society's long-standing stigmatization of homosexuality and its hostility toward the gay community may have increased with the onset of the HIV epidemic (Herek, 1990; see also Herek & Berrill, 1992). It seems, then, ...

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