HIV/STI prevention technologies and 'strategic (in)visibilities'

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This chapter considers the technosexual imaginary that frames the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and social media technologies becoming important for HIV/STI prevention. It then explores the nuanced ways in which disclosure produces HIV and STI visibilities and effects in sexual life, by contrasting personal accounts with online sexual health interventions addressing disclosure. The advertisement is designed to serve as a warning of misinterpretation or failed disclosure. It demonstrates the difficult terrain traversed by HIV education in the context of the circulation or not, as the case may be, of biomedical signs that help to make the prevention of HIV possible. Biomedical signs such as HIV positive and HIV negative or others like these necessary for the communicative enactment of HIV and STI disclosures are implicated in the imaginary of what technology can do for sexual health. Disclosure practices give rise to strategic visibilities that re-configure the practices of disease prevention. Disclosure can therefore be understood as onto-performative of identity and social relations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisclosure in Health and Illness
EditorsMark Davis, Lenore Manderson
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780415702478
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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