oa SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance - Raising visibility on same-sex sexuality within HIV/AIDS
From social silence to social science : same-sex sexuality, HIV&AIDS and gender in South Africa, V. Reddy, T. Sandfort, L. Rispel (Eds.) : book review

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1729-0376
  • E-ISSN: 1813-4424



presents significant innovative ideas and understanding of issues related to sexuality, gender and HIV/AIDS in South Africa. The text highlights the struggles of vulnerable and marginalised groups, notably same sex populations, and also draws attention to concerns regarding the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. A central theme of this book is that same-sex sexuality has been erased from the total picture about HIV and AIDS in South Africa. The book critiques the assumption that the pandemic is generalised, claiming that the absence of evidence-based data and discussion on homosexuality in the context of HIV and AIDS presents a gap in our knowledge. By implication, a gap in knowledge implies that interventions to curb the spread of HIV cannot take place in any informed way.

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