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William A. Bailey

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

Chapter 12: The Importance of HIV Prevention Programming to the Lesbian and Gay Community

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The Importance of HIV Prevention Programming to the Lesbian and Gay Community
The importance of hiv prevention programming to the lesbian and gay community
WilliamA.Bailey

The epidemic marches on, mercilessly exacting a deadly toll. Left in its wake are decimated families, friendship networks, and entire communities. Human interpretation ascribes to such tragedy all forms of moral significance. Yet HIV is only a virus and AIDS is merely a medical syndrome. They do not represent moral judgments on those who are sick or infected. Nevertheless, without falling into the trap of attributing intentionality or morality to HIV, we can appropriately ask what significance AIDS ultimately will have for the gay and lesbian community. How will the community survive and with what consequences?

Survival is the name of the game. ...

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