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Virality, desire and health assemblages: mapping (dis)continuities in the response to and management of HIV and COVID-19.
Guta, Adrian; Newman, Peter A.
  • Guta A; School of Social Work, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada.
  • Newman PA; Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Cult Health Sex ; 23(11): 1516-1531, 2021 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1561352
ABSTRACT
In this paper, we explore the relationship between "viral load" as a virological, immunological, epidemiological and social category and how it links the four decades-long global HIV pandemic to the ongoing response to COVID-19. We argue, metaphorically, that the response to SARS-CoV-2 contains 'genetic' material from HIV, which has (as a result of the digital age which reproduces error-filled data at incredible speed) mutated and is being transmitted into the social and political body. Using sexual health and substance use as focal points, we turn to Deleuzoguattarian theoretical insights about the assemblage of desire, affect and material factors that produce epidemics. Contrasting historical and contemporary scenes and issues, we explore the complex assemblage created by viral loads, medical and public health protocols, conceptions of risk, responsibility and fear that connect both pandemics. Finally, we consider the goal of viral eradication and related militaristic metaphors, alongside the increasing convergence of medicine, public health, the law and corporate interests, and contrast this with community responses that engage with what it means to be living and dying in viral times.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: HIV Infections / COVID-19 Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Cult Health Sex Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / Social Sciences Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 13691058.2021.1981453

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: HIV Infections / COVID-19 Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Cult Health Sex Journal subject: Behavioral Sciences / Social Sciences Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 13691058.2021.1981453