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BiocitizenshipThe Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power$
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Kelly E. Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479845194

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.001.0001

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Chronic Citizenship

Chronic Citizenship

Community, Choice, and Queer Controversy

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(p.95) 4 Chronic Citizenship
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Biocitizenship
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Jeffrey A. Bennett

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.003.0005

The tenuous relationship between duty and pleasure is one that has underwritten HIV/AIDS activism since the early 1980s. Most recently the tensions between duty and pleasure surfaced again in the debates concerning Truvada, an HIV-prevention pill that, if taken daily, can reduce risk of infection by up to 92%. Using the debates over pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) as a catalyst, the chapter examines the implications this technology has for the civic identities of queer men, their safe-sex practices, and AIDS activism. As HIV has moved from being an epidemic to an endemic, the ways queer men come to understand themselves in relation to this manageable condition is evolving. Members of queer communities now exist, by association, as “chronic citizens.” This rendering of citizenship influences the ways we understand traditional postulates concerning duty and pleasure, looking for ways to avoid sex shaming while thinking through new avenues for queer world making.

Keywords:   Chronic citizenship, HIV/AIDS, Civic identity, PrEP, Safe sex, Pleasure, Truvada

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