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Chronic Experimentation

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The introduction of effective combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV disease in 1996 was commonly narrated as a major event that transformed HIV from an inevitable death sentence into a ‘chronic manageable illness’ – at least for those populations in wealthier countries granted socially and economically affordable access to the new treatments, not to mention the relevant clinical infrastructures to monitor …

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Chronic caring in unstable landscapes

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The current ‘end of AIDS era,’ referred to as Treat All in policy circles,is characterized by the primary aim of identifying and putting all HIV-positive people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) as quickly as possible following diagnosis (Kenworthy, et al 2017). Under Treat All, life-long pharmaceutical treatment is increasingly initiated in healthy bodies as part of a broad …

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COVID-19 and The Lessons Anthropology Learned from HIV/AIDS

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On April 24, 1980, Ken Horne, a San Francisco resident, was reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a young man suffering with an old man’s disease, Kaposi’s sarcoma. Subsequently, in 1981, the CDC identified Horne as the first patient in the US of what would (in 1982) come to be called AIDS. By June 5, 1981, a …

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HIV: God’s punishment for sexual deviants or a holy gift against Corona?

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In Turkey, HIV has never been considered a “Turkish” issue, but an issue of Eastern European sex workers and Western queers, both perceived as sexual deviants. However, according to recent data, the number of HIV diagnoses in Turkey has increased by 620% since 2007.[1] Nowhere else has the the incidence of new HIV cases grown so rapidly. Because HIV transmission …

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From HIV to COVID19: Anthropology, urgency, and the politics of engagement

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These comments were originally prepared for the “COVID-19 and Anthropology: Disease, Social Justice, and Well Being” Webinar hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section on April 20, 2020.

What lessons learned from past epidemics (including HIV/AIDS) could we apply to COVID-19? What lessons are there to be learned from other countries’ responses to COVID-19? 

As a cultural …

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Emergency Alerts for COVID-19 in South Korea

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[Mapo District] The 15th confirmed case occurred (return from overseas, Sangsu-dong). For more info, please check on our website and blog. 

[Yeongdeungpo District] The 22nd Corona case confirmed. District resident case (female in her 20s, returned from the U.S., Yeoui-dong). For more details, visit the district’s website. 

[Seodaemun District] 3.29. (Sunday) One more COVID 19 case confirmed (Namgaza 2-dong, returned