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Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic
Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS
"You're the First One I've Told": New Faces of HIV in the South


Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic
by Mark Padilla

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In recent years, the economy of the Caribbean has become almost completely dependent on international tourism. And today one of the chief ways that foreign visitors there seek pleasure is through prostitution. While much has been written on the female sex workers who service these tourists, Caribbean Pleasure Industry shifts the focus onto the men. Drawing on his groundbreaking ethnographic research in the Dominican Republic, Mark Padilla discovers a complex world where the global political and economic impact of tourism has led to shifting sexual identities, growing economic pressures, and new challenges for HIV prevention. In fluid prose, Padilla analyzes men who have sex with male tourists, yet identify themselves as “normal” heterosexual men and struggle to maintain this status within their relationships with wives and girlfriends. Padilla’s exceptional ability to describe the experiences of these men will interest anthropologists, but his examination of bisexuality and tourism as much-neglected factors in the HIV/AIDS epidemic makes this book essential to anyone concerned with health and sexuality in the Caribbean or beyond.


Killing Us Quietly: Native Americans and HIV/AIDS
by Irene S. Vernon

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Over the past five centuries, waves of diseases have ravaged and sometimes annihilated Native American communities. The latest of these silent killers is HIV/AIDS. The first book to detail the devastating impact of the disease on Native Americans, Killing Us Quietly fully and minutely examines the epidemic and its social and cultural consequences among three groups in three geographical areas. Through a series of personal narratives, the book also vividly conveys the terrible individual and emotional toll the disease is taking on Native lives. Exploring Native urban, reservation, and rural perspectives, as well as the viewpoints of Native gay or bisexual men, women, and youth, this study combines statistics, Native demography and histories, and profiles of Native organizations to provide a broad understanding of HIV/AIDS among Native Americans. The book confronts the unique economic and political circumstances and cultural practices that can encourage the spread of the disease in Native settings. And perhaps most importantly, it discusses prevention strategies and educational resources. A much-needed overview of a national calamity, Killing Us Quietly is an essential resource for Natives and non-Natives alike.


"You're the First One I've Told": New Faces of HIV in the South
by Helen Epstein

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Policy makers and medical practitioners face obstacles in providing health care without an understanding of the lives of their clients. Whetten-Goldstein (public policy and community and family medicine, Duke U.) and Nguyen (doctoral student in epidemiology at U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) present a case study of the lives of 25 rural North Carolinian men and women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that seeks to understand clients' reactions to health policy and institutions. Chapters explore the social and family backgrounds of the participants, examine their reactions to their discover of their HIV-positive status, and interrogate the relationship between patients' trust of those in power positions and their interactions with health providers and willingness to take medicines.

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