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It is a coherent epidemic even outside of the defined risk groups. 1 percent, well over the one percent minimum. 1 percent, in fact, the generalized epidemic among the US inner-city poor rivals epidemics in countries most hard-hit by the global pandemic, like Haiti or Angola. 34 Although the study rehearses the phobic distribution of risk and pathology indicative of the queer paradigm, it also presented an opportunity (ultimately lost) for a tactical victory over that paradigm. On the one hand, the decision to engage in the pseudo-scientific practice of treating risk behaviors as practices connected exclusively to certain kinds of people who can be separated from a “general population” is, on its surface, indefensible.

In chapter 4, I analyze the discursive construction of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I pursue the consequences that emerge from the assertion that the primary mode of HIV transmission in the regional pandemic is heterosexual sexual intercourse. Unlike the previous chapters, chapter 4 is less ambitious about offering a competing account of disease formation. The goal of this chapter is less to provide an account of the AIDS R e t h i n k i n g A IDS i n B l a c k A m e r i c a 29 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa than to analyze a specific discursive construction of it and the manner in which this construction restricts black materialist inquiry.

MSM and injecting-drug users therefore account for more than two-thirds of all people in the United States living with HIV and almost three-fourths of all new infections. The future promises to look much like the present, or even more concentrated. The “Communities in Crisis” study, however, found that the HIV epidemic among the US urban poor meets the threshold of a generalized epidemic. It is a coherent epidemic even outside of the defined risk groups. 1 percent, well over the one percent minimum.

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