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Perry N. Halkitis

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Chapter 7: Masculinity in the Age of AIDS: HIV-Seropositive Gay Men and the “Buff Agenda”

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Masculinity in the Age of AIDS: HIV-Seropositive Gay Men and the “Buff Agenda”
Masculinity in the age of AIDS: HIV-seropositive gay men and the “buff agenda”
Perry N.Halkitis

Of course I think I'm masculine because of the way I look. I work hard at the gym five times a week…. I take care of my body … no one ever thinks I'm poz.

—Peter, 36 years old, New York City

On Friday nights, Steven, a 55-year-old HIV-positive gay man, practices his “12 steps to beauty.” This ritual undertaken in preparation for a night at the West Side Club, a commercial public sex environment in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, takes approximately 3 hours for Steven, as he dyes and trims his hair, shaves his chest and testicles, ...

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