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Biomediation and ‘ strategic visibility ’ Mark Davis American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Session: Disclosure : On secrets and telling 15 November 2012. Overview. The negotiable complexity of biomedical signs Disclosure as strategic/ritual Biomediation. ‘I am HIV’.

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Biomediation and ‘strategic visibility’

Mark Davis

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

Session: Disclosure: On secrets and telling

15 November 2012

overview
Overview
  • The negotiable complexity of biomedical signs
  • Disclosure as strategic/ritual
  • Biomediation
becoming hiv
Becoming HIV

I don’t know or whether he sort of believes enough in his mind that we will always be together so it wouldn't really matter if he becomes HIV anyway ‘coz he wants to share that with me. I don’t know. I don’t know whether he thinks in his heart that he loves me so much that if he became HIV, it wouldn't really matter to him you know

[and later]

Edgar: Him becoming HIV through me

shagged by another virus
Shagged by another virus

Edgar: Yeah coz we discussed this the first time I saw you that whole bareback riding thing

MD: Yeah

Edgar: You know it’s such a big chance to take that you could be well like I've been and then get, you know, shagged by another virus and then become really quite ill you know coz that virus could be completely different to the one you’ve got which you probably would be coz they all are anyway more or less aren’t they …

strategic visibility
Strategic visibility

<Interviewee> ...I set up a new profile that said ‘‘Never’’ to safe sex and I was completely blatant about my HIV status—it was only alluded to in the former profile...

<Interviewee> I had changed my old profile to use some of the euphemisms to allude to POZ status so I presume he did...

<MD> what are some of the euphemisms...

<Interviewee> ‘‘Positive outlook on life’’...

<Interviewee> My uncompromising stance is less than 12 months old.

<Interviewee> Yes.

<MD> What uncompromising stance is that?

<Interviewee> That I only have unprotected sex.

<MD> What made u change?

<Interviewee> Realizing that I much preferred it.

<MD> What made u adjust yr profile

<Interviewee> For the majority of the period since I was diagnosed I had had only protected sex.

<MD> Can u expand?

<Interviewee> Realizing that every man was out for the most pleasure HE could get—why should I not have the same rule?

<MD> So is this a way for you to get pleasure while reducing HIV risk? <Interviewee> It is also only in the last 15–18 months that I had realized there was such a large subculture of POZ men having unprotected sex.

<MD> What made u realize that?

<Interviewee> I think that the number of profiles on gaydar explicit about that has risen markedly in that period.

<MD> How do you feel about being open about yr status on the net?

<Interviewee> I think it is important

letthemknow org au
Letthemknow.org.au

A message from letthemknow.org.au. [Name of recipient] u may be at risk of Chlamydia. Pls have a sexual health check. See website or phone [Telephone number supplied] PLEASE DO NOT REPLY.