This book explores the relationship between COVID-19 and AIDS. It considers both how the earlier HIV pandemic informed our engagement with COVID-19, as well as the ways in which COVID-19 has changed how we remember and experience AIDS.

Individual sections focus on sexual and intimate relationships, inequalities and injustice, the progressive biomedicalisation of the response (in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment or cure), and professional, practitioner and community perspectives on the pandemics. The authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds – including public health, nursing, law and legal studies, political studies, and the humanities and social sciences. The book contains contributions by established writers such as Dennis Altman, Shalini Bharat, Tim Dean, Deborah Lupton, Shubhada Maitra, Pauline Oosterhoff and Michael Tan, as well as chapters by Chris Ashford and Gareth Longstaff, Bernard Kelly, Dean Murphy and Kiran Pienaar, and Theodore (ted) Kerr.

This thought-provoking and timely volume includes case studies from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UK, the USA and Vietnam. It has been written for students and scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, healthcare, public health, social work, anthropology, and gender and sexuality studies. The book will also be of interest to the general reader who wants a better understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of modern-day pandemics and the personal and community responses to which they give rise.

chapter 1|9 pages

Viral times

HIV, COVID-19 and beyond
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part I|77 pages

Intimate relationships

chapter 2|15 pages

Navigating dating and sexual intimacy in viral times

How people adapt their sexual relationships to pandemic risk
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chapter 3|12 pages

75 loads in LA

Situating the ‘queer mundane’ in viral times
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chapter 4|15 pages

Narratives of pandemic lives

Everyday experiences of the plague, HIV and COVID-19 in literary fiction
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chapter 5|11 pages

The politics of epidemics

From the local to the global
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chapter 6|22 pages

An unlimited intimacy of the air

Pandemic fantasy, COVID-19 and the biopolitics of respiration 1
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part II|60 pages


chapter 7|13 pages

How to survive another plague

Autoethnographic reflections on antiviral medication, cultural memory and dystopian metaphor
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chapter 8|16 pages

Thinking with HIV in pandemic times

A diffractive reading of COVID-19 and mpox
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chapter 9|15 pages

People, politics and death

International, national and community responses to HIV and COVID-19
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chapter 10|14 pages

Viral times and governance

The Philippines
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part III|87 pages

Professional, practitioner, and community perspectives

chapter 11|14 pages

When The Clapping stops

Mourning and the spectacle of public sacrifice during COVID-19
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chapter 12|14 pages

Memorialisation within an ongoing crisis

Learning from COVID-19, HIV and AIDS, and the Overdose Response Activists
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chapter 13|14 pages

Critical hope and responses to pandemics

From HIV to COVID-19
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chapter 16|13 pages

COVID-19 stigma and discrimination in India

Parallels with the HIV pandemic
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