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Perry N. Halkitis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944972.001.0001

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30 Years and Counting

30 Years and Counting

The Story of AIDS in the Gay Community

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(p.1) Chapter 1 30 Years and Counting
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The AIDS Generation
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Perry N. Halkitis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944972.003.0001

This chapter provides a historical and epidemiological background of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as it has manifested itself over the last three decades and continues to disproportionately affect gay men in the United States. As such, there is a stark disparity in the experience of HIV/AIDS among gay men in the US. The AIDS Generation is defined as those gay men who came of age at the onset of the epidemic, prior to any effective treatments. The reader is introduced to the main thesis of the book, strategies for survival as a form of resilience, which is demonstrated through the words and the life experiences of fifteen gay men who have been living with HIV/AIDS since young adulthood. It is proposed that the resilience of these men informs effective means for managing HIV/AIDS in all individuals and may be applicable to those living with other chronic conditions. An overview of the research program that informs the volume is also provided.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, Historical aspects, Epidemiological trends, Long-term survival, Resilience, Ethnography, Health disparity, Chronic disease, AIDS generation, Gay men

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