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Rijneveld, Cornelis J. (2021) 'The Biomedical Closet? Undetectability among HIV-positive Gay Men in India.' Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 40 (8). pp. 718-731.

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The discourse of Undetectability, referring to the effect of HIV viral suppression on forward sexual transmission, is at the heart of the current paradigm of Treatment-as-Prevention and is invested with hopes of eliminating stigma. But ethnographic examination of the way HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in four major Indian cities experience Undetectability reveals a more complicated picture. Rather than resolve the problem of HIV stigma, Undetectability enables new ways of managing it, including ethical non-disclosure in the face of social danger. This reveals three paradoxes inherent in the universalism of Treatment-as-Prevention and its reliance on biomedical solutions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: India, biomedicalization, gay, HIV/AIDS, treatment-as-prevention, undetectability
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 01459740
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 10:04
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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