The Misgendering of HIV


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Ever since the 1980s epidemic, HIV and AIDS have been misunderstood as exclusively affecting men who have sex with men. Cristen and Caroline discuss the lesbians on the front lines of the AIDS crisis, women and AIDS today and the HIV myths that reinforce its stigma.

Episode sources:

"5 Myths about Living with HIV, Busted." Bedsider. https://bedsider.org/features/798-5-myths-about-living-with-hiv-busted

"Empowering Women Is Critical to Ending AIDS Epidemic." UN AIDS. http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2015/march/20150308_IWD

"From Haigtht Street to Seasame Street: The Evolution of AIDS in Pop Culture." The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/12/from-haight-street-to-sesame-street-the-evolution-of-aids-in-pop-culture/265872/

"HIV/AIDS." Black Women's Health Imperative. http://www.bwhi.org/issues/hiv/hiv-aids/

"HIV/AIDS and Latinas at Greater Risk." AARP. http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/hiv-aids-latinas.html

"HIV Among Transgender People." CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/transgender/

"HIV Among Women." CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/women/

"HIV's Alarming Impact on Women of Color." amFAR. http://www.amfar.org/articles/on-the-hill/older/hiv%E2%80%99s-alarming-impact-on-women-of-color/

"How Lesbian's Role in the AIDS Crisis Brought Gay Men and Women Together." The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aids-crisis-lesbians_us_5616867ae4b0e66ad4c6a7c4

"Myths about HIV and AIDS." Avert. http://www.avert.org/hiv-transmission-prevention/myths

"The erasure of lesbians from HIV activism in the 1980s." Louise Pennington. http://elegantgatheringofwhitesnows.com/?p=2539

"'The Normal Heart' and the Erasing of Women." Indiewire. http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/the-normal-heart-and-the-erasing-of-women

"Why Transgender Women Have the Country's Highest HIV Rates." HIV Plus Magazine. http://www.hivplusmag.com/case-studies/2013/04/08/invisible-women-why-transgender-women-are-hit-so-hard-hiv

"'Wilhemina's War' Reveals How Racism Enables the Modern HIV Epidemic." Bitch. https://bitchmedia.org/article/wilheminas-war-reveals-poverty-racism-hiv-epidemic-review-feminist-june-cross

"Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States." Kaiser Family Foundation. http://kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/women-and-hivaids-in-the-united-states/

Academic insights:

"How does living with HIV impact on women's mental health? Voices from a global survey." Journal of the International AIDS Society. Orza, Luisa et al. December 2015

"Stigma in HIV Positive Women." M; Lambe C. and Barroso J. Journal of Nursing Scholarsh Sandelowski. 2004.

"'Why are you pregnant? What were you thinking?': How women navigate experiences of HIV-related stigma in medical settings during pregnancy and birth'." Social Work Healthcare. Greene, S. et al. February 2016.