Academic and media discourse on AIDS and HIV has so far tended to ignore women, or, at best, has portrayed them either as transmitters of HIV to male partners and children, or as innocent victims of morally degenerate men. This book challenges such views and looks at the complex realities of women's relationships to HIV and AIDS.
Pointing to the development of a feminist psychology of the subject, the book highlights key issues in the following areas: HIV antibody testing of women and its implications for reproductive rights; women's perceptions of HIV `risk', with particular reference to sexuality and drug use; women's experiences of caring voluntarily and professionally for people living with HIV and AIDS; and representations of women and AIDS in scientific, policy and media debates.
Corinne Squire is Professor of Social Sciences and Codirector of the Centre for Narrative Research (www.uel.ac.uk/cnr/index/htm) at the University of East London. Her research interests include HIV and citizenship, subjectivities and popular culture, education and borders, and narrative theory and methods.
Introduction PART ONE: HIV AND WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS Reproductive Choice in the Age of AIDS - Hortensia Amaro Policy and Counselling Issues HIV Testing in Pregnancy - Lorraine Sherr PART TWO: HIV TRANSMISSION RISK An AIDS Risk Reduction Project with Inner-City Women - Sherry Deren, Stephanie Tortu and W Rees Davis `Tossin' and Tweakin' - E Anne Lown, Karen Winkler, Robert E Fullilove and Mindy Thompson Fullilove Women's Consciousness in the Crack Culture PART THREE: WOMEN PROVIDING AIDS-RELATED SERVICES Women Volunteers at GMHC - Halina Maslanka Paradoxical Practices - Jane M Ussher Psychologists as Scientists in the Field of AIDS PART FOUR: REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN AND AIDS Knowing AIDS through the Televised Science Documentary - Alexandra Juhasz `With Champagne and Roses' - Cindy Patton Women at Risk from/in AIDS Discourse Conclusion